Sign Up
Skip navigation
no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Share this page and help fund food & care:
Skip navigation
Learn More
Goal: 75,000 Progress: 54,854
Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife

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.

Sign Here

Petition Signatures

Nov 28, 2014 dominique frutos
Nov 28, 2014 Debbie Gahan
Nov 28, 2014 celeste Machristie mankin
Nov 28, 2014 Cyd Groff
Nov 28, 2014 Barbara Higgs
Nov 28, 2014 Vicky Kammer
Nov 27, 2014 Frankie Seymour
Nov 27, 2014 kim walsh
Nov 27, 2014 Julia Foreman
Nov 27, 2014 ivana carrozzi
Nov 27, 2014 Janice Elton
Nov 27, 2014 Anastasia Lamers
Nov 27, 2014 Nan Warner
Nov 26, 2014 Karen Van Tuyle
Nov 26, 2014 Angie McCaughey
Nov 26, 2014 Ivette Cardona
Nov 26, 2014 Emily Tenaglia
Nov 26, 2014 Mary Rothschild
Nov 26, 2014 Grzegorz Konieczka
Nov 26, 2014 Larisa Long
Nov 26, 2014 Sunni Faulkner
Nov 26, 2014 Elena Smith
Nov 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 25, 2014 Kathleen Brown Save our wolves!
Nov 25, 2014 Cheryl Poe
Nov 25, 2014 Valeria Cervellati
Nov 25, 2014 Lila Cahue
Nov 25, 2014 Greer Moxham-Henderson
Nov 24, 2014 Melissa West As a tax payer I strongly urge Idaho tax payers to question and DEMAND that NO tax revenue go to this inhumane annihilation of the wolf. Bloodthirsty people who ignore nature and science to profit from the destruction of the wolf. What's next on the list?
Nov 24, 2014 Ariana Flores We need to love our environment and fellow species not destroy them for evil personal pleasure, this needs to STOP!
Nov 24, 2014 Christiana Burch
Nov 24, 2014 Darylla Flores
Nov 24, 2014 Michael Capone
Nov 24, 2014 Marla Saville
Nov 24, 2014 Skyler DeWitt Just help the animals. Living, breathing creatures are far more important than a "new rug."
Nov 24, 2014 Stephanie Hacker AMEN!
Nov 24, 2014 Lindsay Pearson
Nov 24, 2014 Mehmet Genc
Nov 24, 2014 Mason Treviño
Nov 24, 2014 whitney gabriel
Nov 24, 2014 Roux Griggs Make this stop.
Nov 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 24, 2014 Emily Hope
Nov 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 23, 2014 Lakiya Baker
Nov 23, 2014 christa pellikaan
Nov 22, 2014 Dylan Reinhart
Nov 22, 2014 Marion Valster
Nov 22, 2014 Gabriele Praher

back to top

Back to top