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Don’t let Trump declare “open season” on America’s gray wolves!

Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Keep Wolves Protected

The Trump administration wants to remove protection for grey wolves in the lower 48. This is not a drill.

We’re about to make a big ask, because this is a big deal. The most effective way to show opposition to this delisting is to write personalized comments on the proposed rule. We’ll give you instructions and talking points, but the rest is up to you.

  1. Go to this link.
  2. Click on the blue button on the right that says “Comment Now!”
  3. Type your comment into the box, or upload an attachment (see below for talking points). WARNING: your comments will be published “as is” in the record and be made available publicly, so please do not include any personal information you would not want made public.
  4. Fill out your name (you can provide your contact information, but that is optional).
  5. Click on the button on the bottom right that says “Continue.”
  6. This will take you to a preview page where you can double-check your comment. The page will ask you to confirm that the comment will be publicly viewable. Click that you have read and understood the statement and then click “Submit Comment.”
  7. You’re done! You should see a screen giving you a receipt for your comment, and it will appear in the federal register docket.
Here are some talking points you can emphasize in your comments, but your personalized message is the most important thing:

 

  • Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, wolves have now started to recover in the continental United States after human persecution brought them to the brink of extinction. But wolves are still functionally extinct in the vast majority of places where they used to live.
  • Wolves are the wild ancestors of all the domestic dogs we know and love today. Polls and studies show that a majority of the public highly value wolves. These remarkable creatures are icons of our landscape and their presence is vital to maintaining the balance of their native ecosystems.
  • In Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, where wolves have already lost federal protections, trophy hunters, trappers, and others have killed more than 3,200 wolves just since 2011. Federal protections are still essential to help wolves return to suitable habitat, just as the bald eagle was allowed to expand before its federal protections were removed.
  • This proposal to strip federal protections from wolves is the latest in a series of efforts by the Trump administration to gut the Endangered Species Act. The Endangered Species Act is America’s most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction. It serves as an essential safety net when state management has failed to protect imperiled plants, fish, and wildlife. Since its enactment, 99 percent of listed species have survived and hundreds more have been set on a path to recovery.

Thank you for taking the time to submit a comment. The more comments the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service receives, the more they will have to consider the overwhelming public opposition to this terrible proposal.