More than 1,100 wolves have been killed as a result of hunting and trapping in the Northern Rockies since Congress stripped them of Endangered Species Act protection in 2011.
It’s hard to fathom that just two weeks ago, Wyoming opened even more of their state to the unlimited killing of wolves!
It’s not just Wyoming. Across the Northern Rockies and beyond, anti-wolf extremists are mounting a well-funded and unrelenting attack:
The governor of Montana recently signed a bill into law that prohibits state wildlife officials from establishing protective buffer zones along national park borders, a measure that would have helped protect Yellowstone wolves.
In Utah, a shameful and fiscally-irresponsible proposal by anti-wolf extremists just passed out of committee. If finalized, this measure will allocate $300,000 of taxpayer money to anti-wolf lobbying efforts in Washington D.C. – aiming to strip the last shreds of federal protection for nearly all gray wolves across the Lower 48.
In Idaho, state officials approved a proposal to pay Wildlife Services $50,000 to kill more wolves.
We’re witnessing firsthand what happens when the fate of wolves is turned over to states with extreme anti-wolf management plans in place.
More than 560 wolves have been killed in the Northern Rockies this season alone — and that number continues to rise.
There is no reason to allow this many wolves to be killed. It’s 100% rabid, anti-wolf politics that is driving state management, not science. Make no mistake – there is a war on wolves.
Defenders of Wildlife is America’s premier wildlife advocacy organization working to protect endangered wildlife. Our science and legal teams are renowned in the field. We are leading efforts and speaking out across the country on behalf of wolves, to help ensure that our nation’s imperiled wildlife receive the crucial protection they deserve and need in order to recover.
We will not let politics get in the way of our work for wolves. Your urgent donation will make a big difference.
Thanks for all that you do for wolves – and America’s endangered wildlife.
Jamie Rappaport Clark
Defenders of Wildlife
P.S. The war on wolves is expanding beyond the Northern Rockies. Proposals are already being debated in Washington to delist nearly all gray wolves across the Lower 48. Supporters like you are critical to our efforts in protecting and restoring America’s wolves – please donate today.