What President Biden can do to defend wolves
The new administration can restore Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves.
Wolves need protection now more than ever.
In a reckless decision by the Trump administration, gray wolves in the Lower 48 were stripped of their Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections.
Now, the management of gray wolves is in states’ hands, and some are already making plans to start hunting and trapping wolves for sport.1
President Biden can stop this senseless slaughter of gray wolves before it begins, and take action to protect all wolves in the Lower 48. Join us in calling on him to grant ESA protections for wolves.
President Biden can help protect gray wolves from extinction.
History has shown how devastating removing federal protections for gray wolves can be. After gray wolves near the Great Lakes lost their protections in 2011, more than 1,500 wolves were killed in just three years. It was so bad that a federal court stepped in to put a stop to the hunting before it could drive wolves any closer to extinction.2
And there’s a chance this history will repeat itself if we don’t act. Wisconsin has already set a date for the return of wolf hunting season.3
But President Biden has the power to stop this. He has already signed an order tightening restrictions on hunting, but needs to take the next step to begin restoration of ESA protections to gray wolves.4
Send a message to President Biden calling for critical protections for wolves.
- Collette Adkins, “Gray wolf population in peril unless Biden restores ‘endangered species’ protections,” Phys.org, November 25, 2020.
- Matt McKinney, “Court: Great Lakes wolf hunt must stop,” StarTribune, December 19, 2014.
- Paul A. Smith, “The Wisconsin DNR has set a date for the return of wolf hunting season in fall 2021,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 4, 2020.
- Julia Musto, “Biden administration targets hunters with regulations on Day One,” January 20, 2021.