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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.

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Petition Signatures

Feb 27, 2015 johnnie thompson
Feb 27, 2015 Nancy Salazar
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2015 elaine clark
Feb 27, 2015 Sherry Frey-Brown
Feb 27, 2015 Marvin Lutz You continue to support the hunters and killers of this nation's wildlife. It is hunters that have upset the natural balance of food for wolves. Protect the wolves.
Feb 27, 2015 Giselle .
Feb 27, 2015 Carla Castro
Feb 26, 2015 Catherine Tallman
Feb 26, 2015 Shannon Erickson
Feb 26, 2015 shara kent
Feb 26, 2015 lena fribing
Feb 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2015 c c
Feb 26, 2015 Julia Stahl
Feb 26, 2015 Elisabete Fonseca
Feb 26, 2015 elisabetta moroni
Feb 26, 2015 James L. Allen
Feb 25, 2015 tina sackman Save our wolves
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2015 Sandy Howell
Feb 25, 2015 Sandy Howell
Feb 25, 2015 C. Brooks
Feb 25, 2015 Warren Allely
Feb 25, 2015 Valjon Furr
Feb 25, 2015 Irina Kirilina
Feb 25, 2015 Anne Siesener-Torres
Feb 25, 2015 Sónia Raimundo
Feb 24, 2015 Gabrielle Bueno
Feb 24, 2015 fabian erting
Feb 24, 2015 Bill Staley
Feb 23, 2015 Katie Clawson
Feb 23, 2015 Charles Roth BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. When they're gone, the are gone!
Feb 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2015 Arlin Moya
Feb 22, 2015 Samantha Schuler
Feb 22, 2015 Irene Pike
Feb 22, 2015 Janet Hollis
Feb 22, 2015 Rebecca Hoeschler
Feb 22, 2015 grigoris dimitros
Feb 22, 2015 giorgos dimitros
Feb 22, 2015 Mary Jane Weaver
Feb 22, 2015 Elizabeth Hyla
Feb 22, 2015 evelyn döntgen
Feb 22, 2015 Deborah Lombardi
Feb 21, 2015 Lisa Delabre
Feb 21, 2015 Juanita James
Feb 21, 2015 Crystal Kimmel
Feb 21, 2015 Wanda Latendresse

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