Posted by: Viktor Mar | 2011 July 8

BREAKING: Feds Agree to Shoot-On-Sight Wolf Plan in Wyoming

Just hours ago, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and new Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced details of Wyoming’s wolf management plan that would allow wolves to be shot on sight across most of the state.
Pups at their dens, pregnant females, parents bringing food back to the pups – they could all be killed for any reason across most of the state during most of the year. This is not only unethical, it undermines the continued recovery of the Northern Rockies grey wolf.
Tell the Fish and Wildlife Service that you’re outraged by their capitulation to anti-wolf extremists in Wyoming. Call the Service toll-free at:
1-800-344-WILD (9453)
And deliver this simple message:

“My name is [Your Name] and I’m calling from [Your Town], [Your State] to let Director Dan Ashe know that I’m outraged by the Fish and Wildlife Service’s support for Wyoming’s wolf management plan. This proposal is unscientific and unconscionable and would allow wolves to be shot on sight in most areas of the state outside Yellowstone National Park.”

Please let us know that you called. We’ll be monitoring public response closely and will report out on your calls Friday on the Defenders blog.
If you are unable to get through, please leave a message or try again in the morning.
We knew it would be bad when Congress approved a plan to eliminate Endangered Species Act protections in the Northern Rockies and Greater Yellowstone, but this is just awful.
If approved, Wyoming’s plan would…

  • Allow wolves to be shot on site throughout most of Wyoming, during most of the year, including any of the Yellowstone wolves that happen to roam beyond the park’s borders; and
  • Sabotage wolf migration from Wyoming to Colorado, Utah and other areas where wolves have historically made their homes.

Director Ashe was just confirmed as the nation’s top wildlife steward, and we need to let him know right now that Wyoming’s wolf plan is unacceptable. There will be a formal comment period on the proposed deal with the state, so it’s important that conservationists like you and me make our voices heard in these vital hours following this awful announcement.

Please call now.

For the Wild Ones,
Rodger Schlickeisen
Defenders of Wildlife
P.S. Defenders of Wildlife isn’t taking this announcement lightly. We will continue to push for sound, science-based management of wolves in Wyoming and elsewhere.  Please watch your email tomorrow for details on our rapid response plan and other ways you can help.



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