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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 47,591
Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

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

Jul 29, 2014 Helen Colfer
Jul 29, 2014 Kathy Pady
Jul 29, 2014 Pamela Presti
Jul 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2014 Conny Luyten
Jul 29, 2014 Laura Golston
Jul 29, 2014 James & Jan Cooke
Jul 29, 2014 Samuel Marban Macias
Jul 29, 2014 Elizaveta Baranova
Jul 29, 2014 Ash Rawal
Jul 29, 2014 dana penaherrera
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Jul 29, 2014 mae johnsom
Jul 29, 2014 francesco giovanati
Jul 28, 2014 S Martinez
Jul 28, 2014 Martine Paredis
Jul 28, 2014 Ann Larcombe
Jul 28, 2014 Andrew Vallender
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Jul 28, 2014 Theresa Forino
Jul 28, 2014 rina decker
Jul 28, 2014 RR Mier
Jul 28, 2014 Kat Apichachaipong
Jul 28, 2014 Linda Mattice
Jul 28, 2014 Jane Pascarella
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Jul 28, 2014 Trish Gaunt
Jul 28, 2014 Heather Cross
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Jul 28, 2014 Judy Dodson
Jul 28, 2014 betty sawers
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Jul 28, 2014 Fabrizio Valerii
Jul 28, 2014 Debra Hoffmaster
Jul 28, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Jean DeVito Save these wolves - Don't let Idaho and the other Northern Rockies states kill them off.
Jul 28, 2014 Lauren Finkelstein
Jul 28, 2014 Ana Cecilia Oro
Jul 28, 2014 Anna Marciszewska
Jul 28, 2014 Kate Van gytenbeek
Jul 28, 2014 Valerie Farrell
Jul 28, 2014 cindy zimmermann
Jul 28, 2014 Isabelle Ridon
Jul 28, 2014 Francesca A-S
Jul 28, 2014 Ellen Boukhtin
Jul 28, 2014 danielle hamilton
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Jul 28, 2014 danjela cermelj

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