Wolves Need Us: How About A Presidential Pardon?
From: Environmental Action <[email protected]>
It’s now or never for gray wolves in the Lower 48 states: The Trump administration just announced that they plan to end wolves’ Endangered Species Act protections.
What happens next depends on us. They’re required by law to consider public input first — this is our moment to show the administration that Americans want wolves to have a future in this country.
Our voices could mean the difference between survival and extinction for these irreplaceable animals.
The Environmental Action team
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From: Environmental Action
The Trump administration just announced they plan to erase protections for gray wolves — but they’re required by law to consider public input first. Add your public comment today to stand up for wolves.
The Interior Department just moved to end Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for gray wolves.1
This could be a disaster. Delisting wolves in this way would leave them vulnerable across the entire Lower 48 states.
Hunting, trapping and poisoning nearly drove wolves to extinction in the 1900s.2 Without the proven protection of the ESA, we could see a repeat of last century’s tragedy.
We can’t let this stand. The government is required to take public comments before making their final decision. Add your name today to preserve ESA protection for gray wolves.
When wolves lose the protection of the ESA, hundreds or thousands of them die. When the wolf population around the Great Lakes were taken off the list, 1,500 were killed before protection resumed.3
With as few as 5,600 wolves living in the Lower 48, they just can’t afford killing on that scale.4 If the Interior delists wolves, we will be in real danger of losing them forever.
An America without gray wolves would be a tragedy for us and for the environment. Wolves play a vital role on the landscape, bringing balance to the ecosystems they call home. Their haunting howls have captivated generations. We want to make sure that wolves’ howling song is heard for generations more to come.
We’ve protected wolves before, and we know we can do it again if we take action together. Last year over 25,000 of you asked Congress to maintain protections for wolves — and we won.
Today, wolves need our voices again — more urgently than ever. Will you speak up for our nation’s irreplaceable gray wolves?
Thank you for standing with wolves,
The Environmental Action team
1. Matthew Brown and John Flesher, “AP NewsBreak: US plans to lift protections for gray wolves,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 6, 2019.
2. “Wolf Restoration,” U.S. National Park Service, December 15, 2017.
3. Matt McKinney, “Court: Great Lakes wolf hunt must stop,” StarTribune, December 19, 2014.
4. “Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) Current Population in the United States,” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, accessed March 6, 2019.
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