U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) from the List of Threatened and Endangered Species

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) from the List of Threatened and Endangered Species

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Yet another tragic misstep by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) in it’s seemingly never ending quest to satisfy cattle ranchers and big game hunters is reflected in its proposal to delist the ().

In its press release Friday, June 7th, FWS writes “The proposal comes after a comprehensive review confirmed its successful recovery following management actions undertaken by federal, state and local partners following the wolf’s listing under the over three decades ago.”

Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

This decision is obviously not based on sound science as stated in a letter from a group ofscientists with expertise in carnivore taxonomy and conservation biology to the new Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell:

“The extirpation of wolves and large carnivores from large portions of the landscape is a global phenomenon with broad ecological consequences. There is a growing body of scientific literature demonstrating that top play critical roles in maintaining a diversity of other wildlife species and as such the composition and function of ecosystems. Research in , for example, found that reintroduction of wolves caused changes in elk numbers and behavior which then facilitated recovery of stream-side vegetation, benefiting beavers, fish and songbirds. In this and other ways, wolves shape North American landscapes.

Given the importance of wolves and the fact that they have only just begun to recover in some regions and not at all in others, we hope you will reconsider the Service’s proposal to remove protections across most of the United States.”

FWS notes at their Gray Wolf Recovery page that they will be opening public comments on this proposal sometime this week. I urge everyone to participate in the comment period and try to prevent the implementation of this drastic step backwards for the not yet recovered Gray Wolf.

You can get more information on the Gray Wolf and this proposal from these links:

  • The Wildlife News,

    Delisting the Gray Wolf

  • Earth Justice,

    Wolves in Danger

  • Psychology Today,

    When a Wolf Dies

  • Exposing the Big Game,

    Letter from Wolf Scientists to Sally Jewell

  • Northwest Public Radio,

    US Fish And Wildlife Propose To Delist Gray Wolf

  • Independent Record,

    Wolf Delisting Proposed for Entire Lower 48

  • USFWS,

    Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

is an avid birder and amateur photographer living on the Pacific Flyway near the Central Valley of Northern California. He is a board member of his local Audubon Society and is a bird and wildlife conservationist. Larry contributes to several wildlife conservation organizations and is a BirdLife International "Species Champion." He is also Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Western Burrowing Owl population in the United States. Larry has been blogging about birds since September of 2007 at TheBirdersReport.com

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan is an avid birder and amateur photographer living on the Pacific Flyway near the Central Valley of Northern California. He is a board member of his local Audubon Society and is a bird and wildlife conservationist. Larry contributes to several wildlife conservation organizations and is a BirdLife International "Species Champion." He is also Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Western Burrowing Owl population in the United States. Larry has been blogging about birds since September of 2007 at TheBirdersReport.com

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Candace Mims Sullivan

The HORROR of the worldwide WAR ON WILDLIFE must STOP!! The few who get JOY from SLAUGHTERING these magnificent animals must be STOPPED!! They are taking the lives of sentiant beings who have every right to LIVE ON THEIR LANDS!! HUMANS MUST LEARN TO SHARE OUR WORLD's RESOURCES. We must learn to co-exist! NOW!

Judy Frye

The hunting of wolves or any wild animals for sport needs stopped..they have a purpose too! Please stop thus craziness!!