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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

Oct 25, 2014 Vladimir Baritzky
Oct 25, 2014 Marilyn Winfield
Oct 24, 2014 Vikki Hallen
Oct 24, 2014 Ingrid Morton
Oct 24, 2014 Vicky S
Oct 24, 2014 donna crescioli
Oct 24, 2014 Gloria Esparza
Oct 24, 2014 Michelle Cook
Oct 24, 2014 Lidia Biosca
Oct 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) Having lived out west multiple times and for many, many years I have always found it startling how folks hate their wildlife instead of appreciating their importance, especially wolves who help keep the balance. We need to protect these beautiful animals.
Oct 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 23, 2014 Cheryl Phillips
Oct 23, 2014 Marlena Azevedo STOP THE MASSACRE OF VERY INTELLIGENT HABITAT ENHANCERS MOST CHARISMATIC ICONIC PREDATORS IN THE USA THE WOLVES. YOUR ACTIONS SHALL FLOURISH FOR THE BETTER OR WORST SCENARIOS AS YOU GIVE OUT. "WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND"
Oct 23, 2014 Karlene Dancingwolf
Oct 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 23, 2014 Aleksandr Ivanov
Oct 23, 2014 piccoli laura
Oct 23, 2014 Patti Bramlett
Oct 23, 2014 michael piquet
Oct 23, 2014 Morena gambarelli
Oct 22, 2014 Jaedra Luke
Oct 22, 2014 Melissa Maczko
Oct 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 22, 2014 Denise Gamache
Oct 22, 2014 v v
Oct 22, 2014 Lisa La Rosa
Oct 22, 2014 Mary Jones
Oct 22, 2014 B Little
Oct 22, 2014 December Oglesby
Oct 22, 2014 Carolyn Dina
Oct 22, 2014 Vicki Kissinger
Oct 22, 2014 Stella Stephens
Oct 22, 2014 Georgeanne Matranga
Oct 21, 2014 tan su wei
Oct 21, 2014 Diana Cunningham
Oct 21, 2014 Jennifer Severance
Oct 21, 2014 Janna Ellsworth
Oct 21, 2014 Caroline Dawson
Oct 21, 2014 Makowski Ghyslaine Protégeons tous les loups, ils font partis de la nature, ils ont autant le droit de vivre que l'espèce humaine. Ils font partis de l'écosystème .
Oct 21, 2014 Andrea Jensen
Oct 21, 2014 Darlene Ellison It's sad that one day the only wild animals left will be in zoos.
Oct 21, 2014 Ortwin Mergner
Oct 21, 2014 eva freels
Oct 21, 2014 Holly Mushinsky
Oct 21, 2014 Julia Petersen
Oct 21, 2014 roth woods
Oct 21, 2014 sharon stamm
Oct 21, 2014 Kara Wendholt Please help to get wolves the protection they deserve.

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