Almost two million Americans stated their opposition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to remove gray wolves’ Endangered Species Act protections in a federal comment period that closed July 15. This is one of the largest numbers of comments ever submitted on a federal decision involving endangered species and signals Americans’ broad dissatisfaction with the Service’s proposal.
In addition to these comments, 86 members of Congress, 100 scientists, 230 businesses, and 367 veterinary professionals submitted letters to the Service opposing the delisting proposal.
“Americans are outraged and hundreds of thousands are saying it loudly and clearly; the job of wolf recovery is not done,” said Guardians’ John Horning. “The Fish and Wildlife Service is not only wrong on the science of wolf recovery but also wildly out of step with the desires of most Americans who want to see federal protections for wolves maintained.”
Read the press release.