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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 1, 2015 Kasey Bell
Feb 1, 2015 Zoran Ivanovic
Feb 1, 2015 janice mcshane
Feb 1, 2015 alexandra menden
Feb 1, 2015 Graziella Gualandi
Feb 1, 2015 Francisco Souto
Feb 1, 2015 Ellen Gates
Feb 1, 2015 Ann Marie Paprocki
Feb 1, 2015 Lise Witter
Feb 1, 2015 Geraldine Card-Derr
Feb 1, 2015 Gianfranco Frelli
Feb 1, 2015 Heather Marshall
Feb 1, 2015 Molly Morrison
Jan 31, 2015 Sophie Leete
Jan 31, 2015 Cristina Ryan
Jan 31, 2015 monica antonio
Jan 31, 2015 Christi DeMark
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Jan 31, 2015 Deborah Harris
Jan 31, 2015 EDWARD LEE
Jan 31, 2015 Steven Santiago
Jan 31, 2015 Jon waldrop
Jan 31, 2015 afi serban
Jan 31, 2015 William Reamy
Jan 31, 2015 Lindalee Hatch
Jan 31, 2015 Jenifer Horne
Jan 31, 2015 Deco Rowan
Jan 31, 2015 Nadejda Sitnikova
Jan 31, 2015 Jacqueline Fitch
Jan 30, 2015 ivonne leon
Jan 30, 2015 Nancy Harting
Jan 30, 2015 Robin Hersh
Jan 30, 2015 ivonne leon
Jan 30, 2015 Susan Breci
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Jan 30, 2015 Christine Giammona
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Jan 30, 2015 Taylor Jace
Jan 30, 2015 sherri damiani
Jan 30, 2015 Victoria Flamenco
Jan 30, 2015 Cynthia Soroka
Jan 30, 2015 Karol Lomas
Jan 30, 2015 Ferdinand Puttinger
Jan 30, 2015 Marie Kovar
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Jan 30, 2015 Ibelis Rodriguez

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