Wild Wolves Under Threat

Updated: Aug 12, 2021

Wolves were delisted from the protection provided by the Endangered Species Act by the Trump administration. Without the umbrella protection in place, wolves in the wild are under serious threat - threats that may undo decades of careful science and again unbalance what are now healthier ecosystems. Even many hunting advocacy groups are joining with environmentalists and animal protection advocates to demand the re-listing of wolves. Some government agencies are going so far as to slaughter wolf pups found on public land, despite the lack of evidence that wolves are adversely affecting livestock populations. Learn more below and find addresses where you can send your support for wolves. Please help us speak for these animals!


The state of Idaho under Gov. Brad Little has recently passed a bill aimed at killing the majority of the state’s wild wolf population, drawing criticism from environmentalists, scientists and even hunters who want to maintain a healthy balanced ecosystem. The population, now around 1500 animals, would be allowed to drop to 150 individuals, putting these animals at great risk of extinction once again. And this is after decades of careful research and support to re-introduce wolves to the American West, where their presence has helped entire ecosystems recover. These reintroduction programs cost taxpayers millions, and yet the hunting permits will undo all that careful work. ⁠



The state of Montana under Gov. Gianforte has recently passed several bills that put wolves at risk in their natural habitat. One bill lengthens the trapping season, one allows baiting and spotlighting at night, and more that approved snares, previously banned in Montana as inhumane. The kill in Montana, previously allowed at up to about a third of the entire wolf population, could now exceed up to 50%! Taking this many animals indiscriminately from the environment with no regard for the complex social structure of the wolf pack, could potentially reduce the population to critical levels from which they cannot recover.⁠


Wisconsin actually mandated a wolf hunt. This past February, the state issued 2380 permits to hunt wolves with a quota of 119 kills. Hunters fanned out during the wolf breeding season and trappers deployed teams of dogs. In 63 hours, they killed 218 wolves, almost twice the intended target for the entire hunting season. Even with the damage this literal overkill has done to the reproductive population of wolves, Wisconsin is planning another hunt this fall.


SIGN PETITIONS HERE:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/restore-protection-for-wolves-now?source=direct_link&


https://act.biologicaldiversity.org/onlineactions/A5dfsmmn5US3fSOZ0aCLYg2?&sourceID=1004352&utm_source=ad&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=actionoverview


MORE INFORMATION HERE:

https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/gray_wolves/pdfs/Gray-Wolf-Relisting-Petition-5-25-2021-w-App-A.pdf


https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/08/03/wolves-idaho-montana-cruelty-conservation/?fbclid=IwAR04bvrh-GFMUC4E9iJMrOiT7Q2LB4eUuPW3BpGo0aOXvlUxUmhXanxGH9c


https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/141203-wolves-hunting-livestock-ranchers-endangered-species-environment?fbclid=IwAR1HaBwLZttBlOXVcgEl9H9c0MOJR8uv5OD1E-N9xFljQvfxgQTf8j60jtE


https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/11/us/wisconsin-wolves-hunting-kill.html


If you would like to write to our elected officials, here are the addresses:

The Honorable Deb Haaland

Secretary

Department of Interior

1849 C Street NW

Washington, DC 20240

doiexecsec@ios.doi.gov


Martha Williams

Principal Deputy Director U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1849 C Street N.W. Washington, DC 20240

Martha_Williams@fws.gov


President Joe Biden

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20500


TO FIND YOUR OWN ELECTED OFFICIALS:

https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials



Predator Healing Project has joined with other signatories on a number of petitions and we urge you to do the same! Please consider a donation to help us build our anti-poaching missions this fall/winter to protect wild wolves!