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USFWS is open for public comment on wolf delisting! Comment now!

The USFWS public comment period for the National delisting of the gray wolf is open. The comment period will be open only for 90 days!

This is the last stand, America! If we do not act now, we are going to lose our wolves.

The USFWS claims that the gray wolf does not warrant a status as endangered, even though the wolf has yet to return to most of its historic, native range. There is vast, suitable habitat where the wolf is still missing in states such as North and South Dakota, Utah, Colorado, and California. At one time the gray wolf was found in abundance in almost every state within the lower 48. Stripping the species of protection is uncalled for, unscientific, and premature. We have already seen how poorly states are “managing” the gray wolf, and this move will surely spell doom for them throughout most of the U.S.

The USFWS states that all comments will be made public on the register. We know that this is a sensitive subject, but remember to keep calm and present the facts as well as your own personal opinions. They are more likely to listen to well written and well mannered comments rather than flame comments- leave those to the wolf haters!

Submitting comments online

To make a comment online, go to: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073-0001

To make sure you are on the correct page before you submit your comments, please see that the page indicates docket ID: FWS–HQ–ES–2013–0073.

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If you would like to mail in your comment:
Please send the comments to:

Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–HQ–ES–2013–0073
Division of Policy and Directives Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042–PDM
Arlington, Virginia 22203

Please, submit your comments now, do not procrastinate! And SHARE. Make a target of getting each day at least 1 of your friends to submit a comments as well.

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

  1. Kevin
    Kevin06-28-2013

    With all due respect, what is your opinion regarding farmers/ranchers protecting the lives of their animals from wolves? If a wolf were living near a ranch continued to kill livestock, do you believe the farmer has a right to kill the wolf? I’m not trying to start an argument, I’m just trying to understand your position. Are you advocating protecting wolves at all costs, or would you agree that a farmer has the right to protect his livestock. It seems to me that de-listing the wolves gives states the ability to manage the problems that come with wolf population, such as dead livestock, depleted elk and deer herds, etc. It just seems like many people involved in this discussion is either at one extreme or the other. Either they want ALL wolves killed, or they want NO wolves killed and to hell with the consequences. It seems to me that there should be some sort of compromise. De-listing the wolves allows for that compromise. Managing the wolf population is a balancing act. To many wolves causes unacceptable levels of livestock and wildlife predation. To few wolves will put them back on the ES list. It seems reasonable that careful management is the answer. Again, I’m not trying to start an argument. Just trying to understand your point of view.
    TIA.

    • Project Wolf
      Project Wolf06-29-2013

      Hi Kevin,
      Thank you for your questions! If states were to manage wolves in a reasonable and scientific manner, then the delisting would be a celebrated success by all. Unfortunately, both the past and present delisting has no science backing it up, it is all a political game. States like Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Wisconsin have proven that they are unable to treat the wolf with respect, such as other game animals receive. In Wyoming, they have listed wolves as predators across most of the state, even going so far as to allow puppies in their dens to be destroyed. To comment on some of the subjects you brought up, we would like to point out a few things. As far as reduction to ungulate herds, the elk populations in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana have all remained stable (Idaho) or increased (Montana and Wyoming) over the last twenty years despite wolves being returned to the ecosystem. A small amount of hunting districts have shown reduction, but this is because the elk are now moving in a more natural manner, not standing in one place year round like they did while wolves were not on the landscape. Most hunting districts are at or above ungulate population goals. Wolves also represent a minimal percentage of livestock losses, about 9,000 cattle/calves annually, between 10 states. In Montana alone in 2011, out of 2.5 million head of cattle, only 74 were lost to wolves. Unfortunately, all predators, not just wolves, are blamed for massive losses to livestock, though numbers from USDA show that out of the 4 million cattle/calves that died in 2011, 3.7 million of those animals were lost to disease. Yet no one ever discusses this- as if it is considered acceptable to lose this many animals to disease. Non lethal control works very well with most predators, wolves being one of those that respond positively to hazing. Currently, the state of Oregon has an excellent management plan in place, one that we believe is fair to everyone and works. Though Oregon is not currently hunting its wolves, they have declared that if a wolf is proven to depredate livestock in a given time frame after non lethal methods have failed, then the animal may be lethally removed. However, in the last two years when Oregon had a ban on killing wolves, losses to livestock were actually cut in half because ranchers had to explore non-lethal control. A dead animal cannot learn and teach, a live animal can. Hazing of predators usually shows positive results, however, we feel that if the same animal is proven to be chronically killing livestock after the use of non lethal control, then lethal methods are acceptable. States that actively hunt wolves have experienced an increase in livestock losses, of course, their answer is to kill more wolves. The reason the losses have increased is because of the social structure of the wolf family. Unlike most animals, wolves have a strict hierarchy, and hunting them disrupts this order. In some cases, killing an alpha wolf causes the entire pack to disintegrate. With less wolves in the pack, wolves are more likely to go after slow easy prey like cows and sheep. Wolves still need time to recover, and people need to manage these animals with appropriate science and respect, not politics and hate.

  2. DEE WILLIAMS
    DEE WILLIAMS06-21-2013

    Killing comes easy to us, the human race has no room to stand and dispute this fact. Future generations will have photos and paintings Tv and movies in which they will be able to observe these Masters of the wild, I have seen them first hand, in all their glory! I weep for those who will not.

  3. Lila Wenner
    Lila Wenner06-18-2013

    Please do not delist wolves. Wolves are a very important part of our ecosystem. If we lose the wolf population or decimate it will have repercussions on our environment. Wolves deserve to thrive in the wild.

  4. Aussie Voice
    Aussie Voice06-18-2013

    Not from the US, but I bet there are a lot of overseas people that would love to ad their voice to this.
    Our record in Australia is pretty sad when it comes to wildlife management but we have at least gone back to science and in small ways we are starting to realise that our Dingo is a positive thing in the environment. No apex predators here but introduced species are the biggest problem and the Dingo can help in controlling feral animals.
    We have the small group of hunters that still insist on killing everything but don’t have the apparent power as described in the US.
    Tell the tourist operators in the states that these hunters are affecting their business as us tourists will stay away as you may never hear a wolf howl in the wild, know there may be a bear, cougar etc. around, your pristine wilderness is trashed by sick and overstocked Elk and other species that will go mad when not kept in check by species that enhance the wilderness. I believe there is quite a bit of evidence of what happened to the environment without wolves and what effect they had when re-introduced.
    Once again the world controlled by a small minority of megalomaniacs.

  5. jean german
    jean german06-17-2013

    Why the need to destroy something just because you can, why not nurture and maintain what was created by something bigger and better than you.

  6. Farah
    Farah06-17-2013

    Taking the wolves out of the protection list is a monumental injustice, and it’s not a smart move for the environment either. Nature needs a balance, wolves and other predatory animals are essential in order to maintain said balance. But besides the logical points of wolves being needed for a healthy ecosystem, why exterminate a whole species for the benefit of greedy people? How is it fair under God’s eyes? It’s a complete disgrace that our future generations will only get to see this majestic animals on photos and paintings, because if this situation goes on, they will be extinct soon.

  7. Antonia Vassila
    Antonia Vassila06-16-2013

    Delisting the wolves in the USA is the chronical of a Death Foretold, the slaughter and the distinction of this majestic kind of wildlife. Dont let it happen. Let sound scientists have the last word. People from around the world are waiting for the ultimate decision about wolrves’ future, watching at you with eyes wide open from agony, expecting and wishing it WILL BE FOR THEIR FAVORITE. Thank you.

  8. bbrown
    bbrown06-16-2013

    Propaganda and lies will get you nowhere, none of the wolves in Yellowstone are being targeted. Pictures are worth a thousand words, and the ones posted of mass wolf kills left to rot, and of people’s pets who have been killed in their backyards say a lot. While I agree wolves have their place amongst other pinnacle predators in the Rockies as long as man has an impact on the environment around him something will have to be done to restore the balance we impact.

    • Michelle Smith
      Michelle Smith06-19-2013

      Yellowstone National Park lost at least 12% of its wolf population in 2012/2013, for a total decline of 20% over the last two years with the direct cause being hunting and trapping. In 2012/2013, collared wolves 829F, 824M, 832F (The Famous Lamar Canyon Pack’s Alpha female), 754M, 823F, 793M, 762m, 763F, 752F, 831F, and at least 7 other uncollared wolves from packs within Yellowstone National Park and frequenting the park were killed. Only a single pack within Yellowstone remains fully intact after the close of the season. The Yellowstone wolves are being targeted. Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana all allow wolves to be taken right outside of the park boundaries. Some “hunters” are even baiting them out of the park to kill them.

  9. Tracey Dunn Williamson
    Tracey Dunn Williamson06-15-2013

    Things are out of balance with the predator/prey equation because of actions like this. The holocaust on wolves needs to end. Do not de-list them, it opens the door for total annihilation from wolf hating fanatics. They HAVE to have these protections in place. The wolves belong here.

  10. Evan
    Evan06-15-2013

    Education is critical! Those taking part in the eradication need to be better informed. While this will not stop all of them each one counts. Spread the word!!

  11. bevhankins
    bevhankins06-15-2013

    Please dont take the wolves of the endangered list its important to the ecological system . They need to have rights and if we dont stand up for them who will .

    • bevhankins
      bevhankins06-15-2013

      Delisting wolves would hurt all . Farmers and Ranchers take this risk everyday knowing they have wolves to deal with is a part of life just as people are a part of life we still have to deal with them in a civil manner . No more than the wolves destroy , than what we the people have destroyed . Gods word talks about the wolf . We have had wolves for century’s lets not destroy. them now .

  12. Sarah
    Sarah06-14-2013

    Delisting wolves is a monumental mistake for the environment and ecosystems and.for.all deer moose populations BC real hunters knows that wolves keep those herds healthy only humans truly destroy everything

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