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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

Nov 22, 2014 Dylan Reinhart
Nov 22, 2014 Marion Valster
Nov 22, 2014 Gabriele Praher
Nov 22, 2014 Rene Gaida
Nov 22, 2014 Wilma Gaida
Nov 22, 2014 Erhard Gepp
Nov 22, 2014 Sabrina Gepp
Nov 22, 2014 Tamara Prohaska
Nov 22, 2014 Karl Prohaska
Nov 22, 2014 Jutta Prohaska
Nov 22, 2014 Sissy Gaida
Nov 22, 2014 Janine Gaida
Nov 22, 2014 Cameron Burell
Nov 22, 2014 Maribel Ortega
Nov 22, 2014 Florencia Ferrero Motta
Nov 21, 2014 Suzanne House
Nov 21, 2014 Theresa Zöller
Nov 21, 2014 Agnès LEGRAND
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Nov 21, 2014 Carla ceccatelli
Nov 21, 2014 Marisela Vega
Nov 21, 2014 Beth Case
Nov 21, 2014 Richard Cardella
Nov 21, 2014 Sylvia Cardella
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Nov 21, 2014 Albert Valencia
Nov 21, 2014 Shelley Eng
Nov 21, 2014 emilie Schaumburg
Nov 21, 2014 Dian Cordova
Nov 21, 2014 Marjo Jongstra
Nov 21, 2014 Michelle Roberts
Nov 20, 2014 K K
Nov 19, 2014 Lisa Perry
Nov 19, 2014 Gina Samad
Nov 19, 2014 stacey boyd
Nov 19, 2014 Sherry Whitley
Nov 19, 2014 Hieu Buu
Nov 18, 2014 Michele Thomas
Nov 17, 2014 Dana Belt
Nov 17, 2014 Michael Herr
Nov 17, 2014 Rene Boyes Murdo
Nov 17, 2014 jigyasa bhatnagar
Nov 17, 2014 Jennifer Rusak
Nov 17, 2014 Rebecca Powers
Nov 17, 2014 Krysta Maxwell
Nov 16, 2014 Olivia Petty
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Nov 16, 2014 Hannelore Bernard
Nov 16, 2014 CLAIR BENGER

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