The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking members of the public to give their input on its recently announced plans to remove all protections under the Endangered Species Act for gray wolves in the eastern United States (a region that includes the Dakotas, the Great Lakes states, and the northeastern United States).
Many conservationists and scientists consider the delisting plan to be premature because the species has not fully recovered in a significant portion of its historic range. Where wolves do exist, they continue to face serious threats to their long-term survival, including many of the same threats (such as excessive human-induced mortality) that caused them to become endangered in the first place. Delisting the wolves now is short sighted and could spell ruin for this fragile population.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Write your comments in favor of continued wolf protection (click here for guidelines and talking points) and send them by November 18th to:
Gray Wolf Delist–EDPS
c/o Content Analysis Team
P.O. Box 221150
Salt Lake City, UT 84122-1150
email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please put "Attn: Gray Wolf Delisting" in the subject line of the message.)
Be sure that your letter or fax includes the agency name (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and the Regulatory Information Number of the proposal: RIN 1018-AJ03.
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