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Protections for wolves under threat in the US!

Posted: 5 December 2018. Updated: 5 December 2018

After facing near extinction in the mid 20th century, grey wolf populations recovered in the Western Great Lakes and Pacific Northwest US states thanks to protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Found in less than 10% of their historic range today, grey wolves still need continuing legal protection. It is deeply concerning therefore that the US Fish & Wildlife Service is reviewing the status of the species and a bill that would remove current ESA protections (the Manage our Wolves Act, HR6784) is heading for the Senate.

Take action TODAY to protect grey wolves.

• Ask your senator to vote NO to the Manage our Wolves Act (HR6784).

• Tell the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to protect wolves and their habitat: https://www.fws.gov/duspit/contactus.htm

Suggested wording to send your Senator has been provided below and can be adapted for the USFWS.


Letter to Senator opposing HR6784 Manage our Wolves Act

Dear Senator [NAME],

I urge you to oppose the Manage our Wolves Act (HR6784), which seeks to remove protections for grey wolves under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Thanks to the ESA, populations of grey wolves rebounded in the western Great Lakes and Pacific NW regions following their near extinction in the US in the mid-20th century. However, as only about 5,000 wolves now live in the lower 48 states, surviving in less than 10% of their historic range, the species still needs ESA protections. The threats to their remaining habitat will only increase in the coming years, as they compete with expanding human population and development, and the challenges of climate change.

Please oppose HR6784 – let’s give grey wolves a fighting chance, with the help of the Endangered Species Act.

Thank you for your consideration of this important matter.

Yours truly,

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