Help to keep wolves protected from slaughter and cruelty!
Attend US Fish & Wildlife hearings in person and speak up against delisting!
- November 19, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO 80202; (303) 405–1245
- November 20, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites, Sandia Room, 1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102; (505) 245–7100.
- November 22, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the Marriot Courtyard Sacramento Cal Expo, Golden State Ballroom, 1782 Tribute Road, Sacramento, CA 95815; (916) 929–7900.
- December 3, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hon-Dah Conference Center, 777 Highway 260, Pinetop, AZ 85935 (3 miles outside of Pinetop at the Junction of Hwy 260 and Hwy 73); (928) 369–7625.
Wolves were rescued from the brink of extinction over 35 years ago when they gained federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Today the American wolf is again in grave danger due to the proposed removal of their Endangered Species protection, known as DELISTING.
WHY IS DELISTING BAD?
Delisting will hand over wolf management to individual states. The states where wolves have already been delisted and managed locally have demonstrated how cruel and irresponsible this sort of ‘management’ can be:
- Since 2011 and 2012, when wolves lost their protection in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota and Wisconsin, over 1,705 have been killed in just those states alone. The total wolf population across the entire United States is less than 7,000.
- The state of Idaho killed 50% of their wolf population just last year.
- These states permit and encourage trapping, snaring, denning (burying wolf puppies alive in dens) and dog-hounding (state of Wisconsin) all of which are highly cruel and cause torture and painful death wolves.
- The states of Utah and South Dakota which have no wolf populations yet, are already working on wolf killing plans.
- Individual hunters and government workers in these states have acknowledged or been spotted clubbing live trapped animals to death, shooting trapped animals in the stomach and leaving them to die slowly, using trapped live animals as shooting targets for fun, adopting dogs from shelters to use as wolf bait in order to receive a government payment for each dog killed by a wolf (Wisconsin).
- Hunters in the Northern Rockies are known to wait on the border and even lure protected and scientifically studied wolves out of the Yellowstone National Park to shoot them.
SCIENCE TALK: Why we need wolves
- Wolves keep their prey strong and healthy as a specie
- In the absence of wolves elk populations exceed what nature can support, which leads to loss of vegetation and the deterioration of the habitat for all plants and animals
- Bringing wolves back to Yellowstone resulted in a healthier ecosystem with stronger vegetation and more varied animal presence (beavers, bears, etc.)
MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT WOLVES:
MYTH #1: Wolves are a deadly menace to humans.
FACT: There have been only two incidents where wolves have killed humans in North America in the past 100 years, once in 2005 and once in 2010. This is an extremely rare rate of occurrence. In both cases, there is controversy as to whether or not wolves were the perpetrators.
To put these two wolf killings in 100 years in context, consider that domestic dogs kill 20 to 30 people in the U.S. every year. And every year hunters in the U.S. and Canada kill nearly 100 people and injure around 1,000.
MYTH #2: The elk population has been declining, due to wolf predation.
FACT: The numbers show the OPPOSITE is happening. In Wyoming and Montana there are more elk now than before the reintroduction of wolves in those states.
MYTH #3: Wolves kill lots of cattle, lead to lower birth rates, and are causing cattle ranchers to go out of business.
FACT: Wolves are responsible for less than two tenths of a percent (0.2%) of cattle loss. 94% of losses are due to non-predator related causes, such as respiratory disease, digestive problems, weather, calving problems, etc.
Demand that Grey Wolf remains protected under Endangered Species Act
Some things to bring up in your comments are:
- the fact that USFWS has changed the classification the Gray Wolf in the Great Lakes Region to “Eastern Wolf” based on a single, outdated study that took place over 20 years ago, in order to make it seem that the Gray wolf has recolonized a larger portion of its native range.
- Colorado, which has the greatest amount of available habitat for wolves in the United States, currently has no wolves.
- Livestock losses are exaggerated. A small minority of livestock losses take place because of wolves, an over all of 8,000 losses a year. That is out of a total of 4 million losses, with over 3.8 million losses due to disease and weather. Ranchers need to look at the issues they have on providing husbandry, rather than focusing on an unnecessary war on our predators.
Why do we accept the fact that we can lose a significant portion of livestock to disease and weather, but cannot accept a small loss to predators?
- A majority of livestock losses take place on public lands, which belong to all of us, and not on private lands.
- Shooting wolves causes a large increase in livestock loss because of the disruption of the wolf pack’s structure.
- States with forward thinking wolf management plans, such as Oregon, have had a decrease in livestock losses since management shifted to non-lethal control. Problem wolves are only removed after they continue to harass or harm livestock after hazing methods have failed.
NOTE: this form does NOT go to US FWS. Use it only to send a question to Project Wolf team.