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Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

Less than five years after losing federal protection, it is clearer than ever that Idaho refuses to manage its wolf population responsibly.

That's why Defenders of Wildlife has officially requested that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) immediately initiate a status review of wolves in the Northern Rockies and examine the relentless threats that this species has encountered since being stripped of Endangered Species Act protection back in 2011.

The call for this status review is the first step toward restoring Endangered Species Act protection to wolves in Idaho and other Northern Rockies states.

Please, join us in calling on FWS to review the status of Idaho's persecuted wolf population.

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Dear Secretary Jewell,

I am joining Defenders of Wildlife in requesting that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) complete a status review and analysis of threats to the northern Rockies population of gray wolves.

The partial delisting of wolves in the northern Rockies was premised on the FWS's determination that the states of Idaho and Montana would manage this species sustainably and responsibly as they do other game animals through adequate wolf management plans.

Unfortunately for the future of wolves in the northern Rockies, it is clear that Idaho is not implementing the commitments it made with respect to its management of wolves and has no intention of doing so for the foreseeable future.

Since 2011, hunters, trappers and government officials have killed more than 1000 wolves in the state, reducing the population by hundreds in the last few years. State officials are working hard to accelerate this decline. Most recently, the Idaho legislature passed and Governor Otter signed a bill to establish a Wolf Control Board, which, if fully funded for the next five years, will have at its disposal $2 million in taxpayer money to aggressively kill wolves in Idaho. Sponsors of this bill publicly touted that this legislation would enable the state to kill all but 100 - 150 wolves, the bare minimum number required by the federal wolf delisting plan.

Idaho is unraveling one of our nation's greatest conservation success stories, and has returned to the days when wolves were considered vermin and nearly extirpated from the lower 48 states. Idaho's conduct is also anathema to the model of successful federal-state partnership in endangered species recovery in which species are brought back from the brink of extinction and recovered under the ESA, and then states and other partners maintain and continue those successful recovery efforts. Idaho is turning this model on its head by undermining and reversing the recovery of the gray wolf in the northern Rockies, one of our nation's flagship wildlife conservation achievements.

The FWS's 2009 delisting rule identified three scenarios that could trigger a status review and analysis of threats to determine if relisting of wolves in the northern Rockies was warranted, including "a change in State law or management objectives that would significantly increase the threat to the wolf population."

I consider the combination of Idaho going back on its commitments to manage wolves pursuant to its 2008 management plan and to maintain at least 518 wolves - both of which commitments FWS relied upon in its 2009 delisting rule - and the aggressive predator control tactics the state is currently implementing to substantially reduce the number of wolves in the state, to constitute a change in wolf "management objectives" which has "significantly increase[d] the threat to the wolf population."

Accordingly, pursuant to the FWS's 2009 delisting rule and the ESA, I request that the FWS immediately initiate a status review of wolves in the northern Rockies, including an assessment of Idaho's current wolf management tactics and objectives, to determine whether, in light of these threats, relisting is warranted.

Thank you for your consideration.

Petition Signatures

Aug 26, 2014 terezie janulova
Aug 26, 2014 Rebekah Baldwin
Aug 26, 2014 janine franco
Aug 26, 2014 Barbara Griffin
Aug 26, 2014 julie edghill
Aug 26, 2014 Laura West
Aug 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2014 Keshia Cooper
Aug 25, 2014 Esperanza Trevino
Aug 25, 2014 Nancy Coleman
Aug 25, 2014 Pat Ruotolo
Aug 25, 2014 Victoria Salter
Aug 25, 2014 Cassandra D'Alessio
Aug 25, 2014 Cassandra D'Alessio
Aug 25, 2014 Cassandra D'Alessio
Aug 25, 2014 Laura Tester
Aug 25, 2014 Leila Sultan
Aug 25, 2014 Jo Collins
Aug 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2014 Debbie Seiler
Aug 24, 2014 Meritxell Fernandez casal
Aug 24, 2014 Fritz-Michael Jung
Aug 24, 2014 ANNE FLEURY
Aug 24, 2014 Elisabeth Läderach
Aug 24, 2014 Josilene Nascimento
Aug 24, 2014 Marina Radkova
Aug 23, 2014 Estela Moreno
Aug 23, 2014 Katherine Vick
Aug 23, 2014 julie wylie stop killing the wolves
Aug 23, 2014 Robin Heimerman
Aug 23, 2014 Amber Wallace
Aug 23, 2014 Nancy link
Aug 23, 2014 Megan Mancinelli
Aug 23, 2014 Eva Sklenar
Aug 23, 2014 Carole Morrad
Aug 23, 2014 asuncion mathey
Aug 22, 2014 Nelida Ibáñez
Aug 22, 2014 Holly Kasten
Aug 22, 2014 Olive Meme
Aug 22, 2014 elaine lessack Killing for fun and pleasure is repugnant! In God's plan, we are to be stewards of the earth. We are to take care of all of His creation, including all the living creatures. How does killing for pleasure become part of stewardship? Please help wisely.
Aug 22, 2014 Barbara McNulty
Aug 22, 2014 Leila Mojab
Aug 22, 2014 Bryna Schreier
Aug 22, 2014 Karen Scrivner
Aug 22, 2014 Kim Foster
Aug 22, 2014 ristie hannan Please, FWS review the status of Idaho's persecuted wolf population. They have a place in the world. Stop this senseless killing.
Aug 22, 2014 rocio mino
Aug 22, 2014 Stephen Garrow
Aug 22, 2014 Rhonda Garrow
Aug 22, 2014 Debra Richardson Every living thing has a crutial purpose in the survival of life. It doesn't take an idiot to figure that out!!!! Why is it mankind is the only being that doesn't get it????

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