26 October 2010 Take a stand against anti-wolf proposals in Congress Posted by: Elizabeth Kricfalusi | 5 comments | Share: The threat of anti-wolf, anti-endangered species legislation passing Congress in next month's so-called lame duck session is imminent and very real. For the first time ever, members of Congress are actually proposing to deny Endangered Species Act protections to one particular named species—the gray wolf. These proposals, fueled by the anti-wolf crowd, threaten not only the future of this majestic American animal but also the very foundation of the Endangered Species Act! Speak out for sound, science-based management of Greater Yellowstone wolves and other imperiled wildlife. Take action now. Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg, who has a long record of opposing needed conservation programs, is planning legislation to return what would amount to unsupervised management of wolves to his state and Idaho, where groups like Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife are inciting anti-wolf hatred and pressuring local politicians to allow the killing of as many wolves as possible. And Texas Congressman Chet Edwards has introduced a bill that would prohibit Endangered Species Act protections for all wolves in the lower 48 United States! That would include endangered wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. If passed, the bill would threaten the very future of wild wolves in America. A threat this big requires a big response, so we’ve set a goal of sending 50,000 messages to Congress to tell them that science, not politics, should guide management of wolves—and all imperiled species—in this country. Please take a moment to sign our petition today. With your help, Defenders of Wildlife has fought for decades to protect and restore endangered species. We’ve helped return wolves to their native habitats, recognizing the important role these amazing animals play in maintaining balanced, healthy ecosystems. We’ve helped demonstrate the economic value of returning wolves to Yellowstone. And we’ve worked with ranchers throughout the West to allow wolves to successfully co-exist with livestock. Don’t let one of the greatest conservation victories of the last century be frittered away. And don’t let the nation’s commitment to saving endangered species be destroyed. Sign the petition now and help ensure a lasting future for America’s wolves. 5 Responses to “Take a stand against anti-wolf proposals in Congress” Randy J November 8th, 2010 ESA is broke and DOW knows it. Get it out of politics and use science. Actual science and not some DOW sciencist saying well I think. Facts prove everything. Cat Lazaroff November 8th, 2010 The Endangered Species Act is widely acknowledged as one of our nation’s most effective environmental laws, and certainly as our best safeguard in ensuring the survival of America’s great wildlife heritage for future generations. Read more about the Act’s success stories on Wikipedia. Js Angela January 9th, 2011 I would like to ask the U.S. congress to protect animals and to show to the world that you treasure your nature and all living forms. Thank you! Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?