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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 20, 2014 Virginia Ilardi
Oct 20, 2014 Cortney Greenlaw
Oct 20, 2014 Mirko Pozenel
Oct 20, 2014 patricia derrough
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Oct 20, 2014 SHEN BERNARD Je suis français et ne comprends pas l'anglais
Oct 20, 2014 Anna Jasiukiewicz
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Oct 20, 2014 Amelia Olsen
Oct 20, 2014 liisa mikkelsen
Oct 20, 2014 Christine Valentin
Oct 20, 2014 Denise Pesulima
Oct 20, 2014 Simi Urech
Oct 20, 2014 Rebecca Taylor
Oct 20, 2014 ann marie arseneault
Oct 20, 2014 Jennifer Messick
Oct 20, 2014 James Brunton
Oct 20, 2014 Lynn Cook
Oct 20, 2014 Britney Bergum
Oct 20, 2014 Lori Ugolik
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Oct 20, 2014 Alena Pimyakova
Oct 20, 2014 ANDRESSA BANNWART LEITE DESTEFENNI
Oct 20, 2014 Wanda Correia
Oct 20, 2014 Erris Shelley
Oct 20, 2014 Claire Frii
Oct 20, 2014 doria family
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Mafalda Aguilar
Oct 20, 2014 melissa skye
Oct 20, 2014 giulia minelle
Oct 20, 2014 Ivana Paleckova
Oct 20, 2014 Andrea Muller
Oct 19, 2014 Diane Alcibar
Oct 19, 2014 L A Mink
Oct 19, 2014 Catherine Ricci
Oct 19, 2014 Kate Scott
Oct 19, 2014 Gail Potts
Oct 19, 2014 Elizabeth Heckmann
Oct 19, 2014 Magdalena Szaszorowska
Oct 19, 2014 Dee Unity
Oct 19, 2014 Cat Jones
Oct 19, 2014 ET Azzaretto Save our wolves and respect them! No more killing! They deserve the right to live on this Earth as we do.
Oct 19, 2014 L. P. Once again man interferes with nature and covers their mistake with a cruel "quick fix". when the wolves are gone, they're gone! I for one don't want to hear my grandchild ask "what's a wolf?" with care and planning, this can be prevented. THINK!
Oct 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 19, 2014 Lee Ann DeMars
Oct 19, 2014 Nataslie F. Smith save our animals
Oct 19, 2014 Lynda Gedge
Oct 19, 2014 Sabrina Ebben
Oct 19, 2014 Creedance Austin

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