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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

Dec 22, 2014 Jonna Chappell
Dec 22, 2014 eric FIZAINE
Dec 22, 2014 Marianne Boereboom
Dec 22, 2014 carla brandao
Dec 22, 2014 CATY CHENEVAL
Dec 22, 2014 Isabelle Arbogast
Dec 22, 2014 Audrey Arbogast
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Dec 22, 2014 Catherine Scialdone
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Dec 21, 2014 Laura Webb
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Dec 21, 2014 Emelia Kamadulski
Dec 21, 2014 Anastasija Zarevac
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Dec 21, 2014 Carissa Allen
Dec 21, 2014 Remus Howl
Dec 21, 2014 Karla Rivera
Dec 21, 2014 Lisa a
Dec 21, 2014 Sarah Bel
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Dec 21, 2014 Maryann Shaw
Dec 21, 2014 (Name not displayed) Anyone who hurts animals for 'fun' is an awful being and a piece of "#$%!!! And should be arrested and put into prison for eternity!
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Dec 21, 2014 Joseph Martin
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Dec 21, 2014 Vicky Rivas
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Dec 21, 2014 Rachel Cieslewicz
Dec 21, 2014 Aimee Sholl People are murdering wolves for no reason other than to see them dead. This is disgusting and actions shoukd be taken against it.
Dec 21, 2014 Leighia VanDam
Dec 21, 2014 Rita Castagna
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Dec 21, 2014 Tia Chrestensen
Dec 21, 2014 Jennifer Lorent
Dec 21, 2014 Mad Manson
Dec 21, 2014 mjwl mjwl
Dec 21, 2014 Amanda Carlyn Wolves are a species that are required for an ecosystem to function properly, look at Yellowstone for example. Yellowstone is the evidence.
Dec 21, 2014 (Name not displayed) This is disgusting, animals should not be killed just for the satisfaction of some deranged people.
Dec 21, 2014 (Name not displayed) this is sick

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