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 California prepares to welcome wolves home, but delays on providing state protections Now, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves throughout most of the rest of the country, gray wolves are once again at risk. Delisting would short-circuit wolf recovery in the Pacific West and would effectively mean giving up on one of our country’s most important and iconic species. Fortunately, California has an opportunity to play a meaningful role in helping the gray wolf continue to recover in the coming months and years. I Was There It was a bitterly cold winter morning when the convoy departed down the remote Forest Service road near Salmon, Idaho. Decades after scientists first called for the restoration of wolves in the region, the first four wolves arrived in Idaho on January 14, 1995, thanks to the Endangered Species Act… Victory for Wild Bison in Montana! In a decision that the uninitiated would argue is a painful exercise in stating the obvious, a Montana court last week determined that the wild bison of Yellowstone, an animal that has roamed the continent for millennia, are indeed wild animals.