Feds Delay Nationwide Delisting of Wolves
Our collective howling has gotten action. The US Fish and Wildlife Service, under the management of new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, announced in a recent court filing that its plan to open wolf hunting in the lower 48 states is on hold, indefinitely.
Before Jewell was in office, the feds had already approved wolf hunting in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes regions, and they wanted to do the same for the rest of the country.
We've been hounding Jewell since she became interior secretary to stop the current wolf slaughter, as well as the proposed widening of the assault. There has been no official explanation of why the feds have decided to delay the expansion of the wolf hunting, so we need to keep up the pressure and demand the government put the grey wolves back on the Endangered Species List where they can be protected, not slaughtered.
Congress de-listed the wolves in 2011 under pressure from ranchers who said the wolves were attacking their livestock. Wolves had been on the list for decades after having been hunted to near extinction, and thanks to that their population has recovered nicely. In fact before the rash decision to de-list them as a protected species wolves were a perfect example that, with the right management, there is plenty of room for people and wildlife – even top predators like wolves – in modern America.
Sadly, Interior and Congress chose to believe inflated numbers from the ranching industry about livestock deaths, and used that as justification for pushing wolves back toward extinction.
So, while wolves in most of the lower 48 states are safe, for now, the wolf packs living in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes regions are running for their lives. We've seen the pictures and videos of gleeful hunters posed in front of dead or seriously maimed wolves, exposing the real nature of this slaughter. This isn't about protecting livestock — it's all about trophies.
Whatever the reason the feds have for delaying the expansion of the slaughter, we'll take it. We urge Jewell to do the same for the states that already have legal wolf hunting.