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Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

Less than five years after losing federal protection, it is clearer than ever that Idaho refuses to manage its wolf population responsibly.

That's why Defenders of Wildlife has officially requested that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) immediately initiate a status review of wolves in the Northern Rockies and examine the relentless threats that this species has encountered since being stripped of Endangered Species Act protection back in 2011.

The call for this status review is the first step toward restoring Endangered Species Act protection to wolves in Idaho and other Northern Rockies states.

Please, join us in calling on FWS to review the status of Idaho's persecuted wolf population.

Letter Text

Dear Secretary Jewell,

I am joining Defenders of Wildlife in requesting that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) complete a status review and analysis of threats to the northern Rockies population of gray wolves.

The partial delisting of wolves in the northern Rockies was premised on the FWS's determination that the states of Idaho and Montana would manage this species sustainably and responsibly as they do other game animals through adequate wolf management plans.

Unfortunately for the future of wolves in the northern Rockies, it is clear that Idaho is not implementing the commitments it made with respect to its management of wolves and has no intention of doing so for the foreseeable future.

Since 2011, hunters, trappers and government officials have killed more than 1000 wolves in the state, reducing the population by hundreds in the last few years. State officials are working hard to accelerate this decline. Most recently, the Idaho legislature passed and Governor Otter signed a bill to establish a Wolf Control Board, which, if fully funded for the next five years, will have at its disposal $2 million in taxpayer money to aggressively kill wolves in Idaho. Sponsors of this bill publicly touted that this legislation would enable the state to kill all but 100 - 150 wolves, the bare minimum number required by the federal wolf delisting plan.

Idaho is unraveling one of our nation's greatest conservation success stories, and has returned to the days when wolves were considered vermin and nearly extirpated from the lower 48 states. Idaho's conduct is also anathema to the model of successful federal-state partnership in endangered species recovery in which species are brought back from the brink of extinction and recovered under the ESA, and then states and other partners maintain and continue those successful recovery efforts. Idaho is turning this model on its head by undermining and reversing the recovery of the gray wolf in the northern Rockies, one of our nation's flagship wildlife conservation achievements.

The FWS's 2009 delisting rule identified three scenarios that could trigger a status review and analysis of threats to determine if relisting of wolves in the northern Rockies was warranted, including "a change in State law or management objectives that would significantly increase the threat to the wolf population."

I consider the combination of Idaho going back on its commitments to manage wolves pursuant to its 2008 management plan and to maintain at least 518 wolves - both of which commitments FWS relied upon in its 2009 delisting rule - and the aggressive predator control tactics the state is currently implementing to substantially reduce the number of wolves in the state, to constitute a change in wolf "management objectives" which has "significantly increase[d] the threat to the wolf population."

Accordingly, pursuant to the FWS's 2009 delisting rule and the ESA, I request that the FWS immediately initiate a status review of wolves in the northern Rockies, including an assessment of Idaho's current wolf management tactics and objectives, to determine whether, in light of these threats, relisting is warranted.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Petition Signatures

Sep 2, 2014 Pat Schumacher
Sep 2, 2014 Terri Molnar
Sep 2, 2014 Huney Goh
Sep 2, 2014 deborah smith Give life a chance
Sep 1, 2014 Kristie Raynor This is madness! The lives of these wolves are far more important than the bloodlust of the hunters who covet them or the revenue those hunting permits generate. The selfishness needs to stop!
Sep 1, 2014 Gena Anderson
Sep 1, 2014 Darlene Falk
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 Donna Lampkin
Sep 1, 2014 Sarah Baker
Sep 1, 2014 Marion Stibbe
Sep 1, 2014 Rosalinda Rayne
Sep 1, 2014 J.A. Jennings
Sep 1, 2014 Kathy Aprile
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 Joshua Blackfoot
Sep 1, 2014 Stephanie Cochrane This pointless slaughter of wolves must stop! If you can't protect endangered species, then resign from your jobs. List wolves again they are under brutal attack!
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 andrea christiaan
Sep 1, 2014 Debbie Crowe
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 Balint Molnar
Sep 1, 2014 Laura Oakes
Aug 31, 2014 Dolores Machart
Aug 31, 2014 Barbara Buell
Aug 31, 2014 Barbara Maloit
Aug 31, 2014 E E
Aug 31, 2014 Ian Gough
Aug 31, 2014 kasie ribeiro
Aug 31, 2014 Jessica Taylor
Aug 31, 2014 Rosa Camacho
Aug 31, 2014 Colleen Keith
Aug 30, 2014 tomislav fumić
Aug 30, 2014 lisa simone
Aug 30, 2014 Kate Bradly
Aug 30, 2014 Deyse Oliveira
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed) I find this an outrage. The mistreatment of animals had gone too far, these are innocent animals who are being tortured and killed.
Aug 30, 2014 Aubree Arie
Aug 30, 2014 Ekaterina Popova
Aug 30, 2014 isabelle monti
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 fanny mabon
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 John Parker
Aug 30, 2014 Danna Bader
Aug 30, 2014 JoAnna Woomer
Aug 30, 2014 Jamie Crockett
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 cindra broenner

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