From Defenders.org, US Fish and Wildlife to place Northern Rockies wolves back on the endangered species list.
WASHINGTON - According to recent statements by senior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) officials, FWS intends to rescind its own wolf delisting rule - issued in March - sometime this week. This will place the Northern Rockies gray wolf back under federal protections.
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The Fish and Wildlife Service is going to reevaluate its decision in the coming months. If you have a moment, send a note to Dale Hall, head of the FWS, thanking him for his decision to rescind the delisting, and encouraging him to adopt a more reasonable, responsible management plan for wolves in the Northern Rockies.
And don't forget, we still need to pass the PAW Act to end aerial hunting.
A good article explaining aerial hunting, and why it's so dreadful, is here at Slate.
There are other ways you can take action on other wolf-related issues at the Defenders Save Wolves page. It only takes a minute.
And, just because it's fun, a neato article about wolves learning to hunt bison in Yellowstone is here at the Billings Gazette. Link goes to printer version, because the comments on the regular version aren't worth reading.
I'm sorry I haven't had the energy to run the auction I wanted to run this year, though some people have donated items and I will hopefully auction those off before I move. I do want to thank everyone who took the time to write in about this or donate to Defenders or who, last year, participated in my fund-raising auction to benefit Defenders by either donating auction goods or buying them. The money you helped raised for the Bailey Carnivore Fund and the Defenders legal fund made a very real difference. Our confidence in Defenders of Wildlife was not misplaced. This is my second year on the President's Council, and I plan to stay there.
This is a huge step, but it's not over, and it may never be over. The wolf is one of the most unjustifiably hated and maligned animals on the planet, and in a world where we cannot even get human beings to agree that other human beings are worthy of fundamental human rights, there is little doubt that some will always begrudge the wolf its wild places. I, for one, wouldn't want to live in a world without them, and as long as there are others out there who feel the same and are willing to stand as allies to our world's carnivores, I am confident that the wolf will continue to flourish alongside us.