04 October 2011 Interior Department Endorses Bad Wyoming Wolf Plan Posted by: John Motsinger | 4 comments | Share: USFWS pursues premature delisting based on inadequate state management plan WASHINGTON (October 4, 2011) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) published a proposed rule today that would remove federal protections for endangered gray wolves in Wyoming. USFWS is moving forward with the delisting even though the state wolf management plan has yet to be approved by the Wyoming legislature. As currently written, the plan treats wolves as predators, allowing the animals to be killed at any time by any means across nearly 90 percent of the state, including on the public’s national forests where wildlife management is a core purpose. Wolves in the rest of the state could still be killed with a hunting license, and this licensed hunting area will expand seasonally to allow for dispersing wolves. Inside Yellowstone National Park, wolves will remain fully protected. The following is a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife: “The Fish and Wildlife Service should not be removing protections for wolves in Wyoming under these circumstances. The proposed delisting rule effectively endorses a state management plan that permits unmanaged wolf killing across the vast majority of the state, and it only perpetuates the notion that wolves are unwanted predators. “Our country has spent decades restoring these animals because they are vital to maintaining balanced ecosystems and a healthy environment. We can’t achieve full recovery by relegating wolves to one corner of the state. This plan does an extreme disservice to all the hard work that’s been done to bring wolves back from near extinction and could reverse the many benefits they bring to the landscape. “What’s particularly disconcerting is that this plan will allow wolves to be needlessly killed in our national forests. Wolves are part of our national wildlife heritage and should not be shot on sight on public land that belongs to all Americans. We expect our nation’s wildlife agency to uphold our commitment to good stewardship of our lands and wildlife, not rubber-stamp an irresponsible wolf management plan for the sake of political expediency.” “The proposed delisting rule effectively endorses a state management plan that permits unmanaged wolf killing across the vast majority of the state, and it only perpetuates the notion that wolves are unwanted predators.” — Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders president Background: Gray wolves across the Northern Rockies were protected as an endangered species until this spring, when a rider attached to a must-pass budget bill stripped protections for wolves in Idaho and Montana. Wolves in Wyoming remained protected since the state did not have a federally approved state management plan in place. In recent months, the state of Wyoming and the U.S. Department of the Interior have agreed on the terms of a state management plan. DOI announced the principles of that agreement in early August, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved a state management plan based on those principles on Sept. 14. The Wyoming legislature must still approve the plan before it is finalized. Read Wyoming’s wolf management plan Read Defenders comments on the Wyoming wolf management plan Learn more about Defenders’ efforts to protect wolves in the Northern Rockies On our blog: read our weekly wrap-up of western wolf news 4 Responses to “Interior Department Endorses Bad Wyoming Wolf Plan” jeff s. wolfe October 4th, 2011 Every State has a responsibility to keep the complete ecosystem intact including wolves, bears, pumas, snakes, natural flora and other species whose place in nature is not understood by a bad hunter or selfish rancher. No person should be have to spend a thousand dollars to travel to Wyoming for a chance to see a wolf or a bear, one day in their life. Most business owners, (farmer/rancher/etc.) have to share the environment with all kinds of other businesses, individuals, and natural flora fauna. None of these are empowered to shoot all the things they want to believe affect their land or profit. Can you imagine what a free for all that would be? Unfortunately wolf shooters are just the tip of the ice-berg in exploitive farming ranching hunting. Just take a drive in the country and notice how many bad farmers/ranchers are stripping the land of everything except one species of production. I do a US Fish and Wildlife bird survey in this area. For the first time in over a decade of counting, I had sample counts this year that had zero species of birds in a quarter mile area. This is because of monolithic agriculture and chemicals are taking away essential habitat killing these birds family lines and their offspring forever. Wildlife Removal October 4th, 2011 Nobody can really understand this sad decisions. Wendolyn J. Herman October 5th, 2011 I protest your actions to make it open hunting season on wolves. As the “Alpha” animal on our planet, it is our responsibility to protect all animals & wildlife. The wolf is a part of nature’s world. Humans do more killing than wolves. Import some lamas to protect your stock. Save the Wolves!! 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 Recap of Pinetop Hearing; Celebrating Sucesses: 700,000 comments from wolf supports in to USFWS regarding wolf delisting proposal; this week USDA annouces they plan to audit Wildlife Services Predator Program. Also- another call to action for our supporters: Tell your Congressman to sign Grijalva and Fitzpatrick’s letter endorsing continued protection of gray wolves! Audit of Wildlife Services to be Conducted in 2014 United States Department of Agriculture’s Inspector General has confirmed that they will be undertaking an audit of Wildlife Services’ Predator Control program in 2014. A rare sighting at Skilak In a remote part of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, our Alaska representative catches a rare glimpse of a majestic but elusive animal.