Thursday, March 12, 2009

Help Save Wolves


Have you heard the shocking news? Interior Secretary Ken Salazar just announced that he has approved the Bush Administration’s discredited plan to eliminate Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Idaho and Montana -- a decision that could lead to the deaths of nearly 1,000 wolves, including those wolves in the western Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

If this upsets you like it does me, please make your voice heard.

Call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 1-800-344-9453, select option “3” (for endangered species) and hit “0” to speak with the operator. Once you are connected, just deliver this simple message:

My name is [Your Name] and I am calling from [Your City], [Your State] to express my extreme disappointment in Interior Secretary Salazar’s decision to eliminate Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies states of Idaho and Montana.

If his decision is allowed to stand, nearly two-thirds of the wolves in the Northern Rockies could be killed. I strongly urge Secretary Salazar to stop the implementation of his awful rule and reconsider his approach to wolf conservation in the Northern Rockies.

Important: Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund will be closely tracking the number of calls in order to ensure that our voices are heard on this important issue. Please make sure to let them know that you called.

Our wolves can’t speak out, but we can! Secretary Salazar’s wolf rule could appear in the Federal Register as soon as this week, paving the way for the massive killing of wolves next month.

Please call the US Fish and Wildlife Service today at 1-800-344-9453 and let federal officials know that you oppose efforts to eliminate vital protections for these wolves.

We don’t have much time to prevent the killing, but with your help, I know that we can save the lives of these special animals.


P.S. After you call the Fish and Wildlife Service at 1-800-344-9453, please make sure you tell Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund about your call.

More Information about Salazar’s Plan

  • Salazar’s decision violates the Endangered Species Act and allows more than 1,000 out of the roughly 1,500 wolves in the region to be killed.
  • Delisting wolves is contingent upon two things that have not yet been achieved: 1) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's delisting plan must be based on current, credible science that ensures a healthy wolf population level that is sustainable and well connected. 2) All of the states in the delisting area must have wolf management regulations that provide for a sustainable and well connected wolf population after federal protections are lifted.
  • Salazar’s decision fails to adequately address biological concerns about the lack of genetic exchange among wolf populations in the Northern Rockies. These concerns led a Federal court to overturn the same delisting rule late last year when the Bush Administration issued it. Salazar's decision also fails to address concerns with Idaho’s state wolf management plan and regulations that undermine the goal of a sustainable wolf population by killing massive numbers of wolves.

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