Before they were listed on the Endangered Species List in the 1970s, the northern gray wolf was hunted to the brink of extinction in the U.S. After being recognized as endangered, conservation efforts helped these wolves grow their population and somewhat recover. However, the population is nowhere near stable and they still require a great deal of support.
There have been many attempts to delist these wolves as endangered so that hunting could continue. Thus, the wolves have been on and off the list for years. For example, in Michigan in 2012, people have tried to paint these wolves as large threats to children, which is untrue as wolves are typically timid around humans and will not attack. This past July, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) put out a lethal removal order for any wolf in a specific pack due to their interactions with local livestock. Not only are the wolves not to blame, but killing them is also an ineffective way of minimizing the interactions.
It’s obvious that wolves need Endangered Species protections, as hunters are eager to start murdering these poor animals. If they lose their protected status, the population of Northern Gray Wolves will likely plummet once again. Sadly, at the end of August, the director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service said that Trump plans to remove their ESA protections. Animal activist groups are speaking out against the delisting of Gray Wolves, arguing that the species is still vulnerable.
Sign this petition now to demand that the U.S. federal government keep gray wolves listed as endangered species!
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- Invest in Ethical Ways to Minimize Interactions Between Livestock and Northern Gray Wolves
- Protect European Wolves from Slaughter
- Protect Red Wolves in North Carolina!
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