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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

Jul 26, 2014 miyo yamada
Jul 26, 2014 Angela Bailey
Jul 26, 2014 Michael tavaglione
Jul 26, 2014 Lubna Abdullah
Jul 26, 2014 Maria Manthei
Jul 26, 2014 Jeannine Kennedy
Jul 26, 2014 Anouk Van Damme
Jul 25, 2014 Patricia Lerner
Jul 25, 2014 Rusbee LEGUELECK
Jul 25, 2014 Katia Alves
Jul 25, 2014 Caroline Williams
Jul 25, 2014 George Spiteri
Jul 25, 2014 Lisa Thomas I have signed this many times and I still think what their doing out there is inhumane!!! People this is a bunch of BULL SHIT!!!! Leave them alone, maybe they should give us a license to kill the politicians that started this crap!!!
Jul 25, 2014 Karen Kummer
Jul 25, 2014 MIchele Debnam
Jul 25, 2014 Robin Hudson
Jul 25, 2014 catherine jobling
Jul 25, 2014 Alexana Carter
Jul 25, 2014 Nicole Tschimperle
Jul 25, 2014 rebecca koo
Jul 25, 2014 Lanie Kay
Jul 25, 2014 Christine Frisco RN
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 donna gayer
Jul 25, 2014 steven keena
Jul 25, 2014 Sonya Toft
Jul 25, 2014 kris gata
Jul 25, 2014 Naoko Abe
Jul 25, 2014 Julie Hayes
Jul 25, 2014 Sharon Konley
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) Do not issue licenses to thin the wolf population. They are necessary to maintain the flora and fauna ecosystem and it's resultant balance. Thank you.
Jul 25, 2014 Beth Mendoza
Jul 25, 2014 Kim Simone
Jul 25, 2014 Natalie Fedotov
Jul 25, 2014 LISA EVANS
Jul 25, 2014 Teresa Gibbons
Jul 25, 2014 Sharon Salisbury Please, please, please help these helpless animals. What are you doing? What IS your job? Why have 1,000 sentient, beautiful, innocent animals been slaughtered with no reaction from the government? Really. It is so disgusting and so terribly sad.
Jul 25, 2014 Sualen Louhidon
Jul 25, 2014 Elizabeth Cruickshank
Jul 25, 2014 P. LeVous
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Maddy O
Jul 25, 2014 Heather Drees
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Paula Nichols
Jul 25, 2014 Talya Raveed
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Pamela Zuch
Jul 25, 2014 Jessica Cutshall

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