A Care2 petition needs your signature if you want to help give federal protection to US Gray wolves. These majestic iconic mammals used to have protection, but in October 2020, ex-President Donald Trump removed it by delisting them from the Endangered Species Act 1973. This means that, after 45 years of protection, they are now exposed to the mercy of unscrupulous hunters and trappers. The petition demands that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) immediately relist them as endangered.
Kristen Boyles, an attorney for Earth Justice, said this when the protection ceased: “Wolves are only starting to get a toe hold in places like Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, and wolves need federal protection to explore habitat in the Southern Rockies and the Northeast.”
Because of the lack of protection, in September 2021, two female cubs and one female yearling of a 27 Gray wolf pack were killed by hunters during the first weeks of Montana’s hunting season. This is one of the packs that frequents the Yellowstone National Park.
Wisconsin has approved a quota of 300 Gray wolf kills, which is more than double the quota of 130 determined by the Department of Natural Resources. Six of the state’s Native American tribes are suing Wisconsin for that, and Dane Country Judge Jacob Frost recently issued an injunction halting wolf hunting season in the state for now.
Wolves once lived everywhere north of about 20 degrees north latitude, a parallel that runs through southern India and Mexico City. Now they are only surviving in relatively small pockets after being hunted down for generations by trophy hunters and the animal agriculture industry.
In the US, among other states, Minnesota has about 2,655 wolves, Wisconsin about 1,000 wolves, and Michigan only around 600. The Greater Yellowstone Area now supports over 1,700 wolves after they were introduced by the government in the 1990s.
It’s ironic — and sad — how the first thing that people and governments do after measures to help populations of animals to recover from almost local extinction seem to be working, is to remove such measures and allow the causes of this extinction threat — namely the hunting — to resume. It’s as if people never learn. The petition can be accessed here: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/takeaction/434/563/176/