Friday, June 14, 2013

Writing for Wolves - What to Include!

*OFFICIAL COMMENT PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED*
*Delisting of the gray wolf is still being considered; if you want to make your voice heard in an unofficial way, hand-write a letter and mail it to: 
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240




Please help wolves!
The Obama administration has officially proposed removing gray wolves from the federal Endangered Species List EVERYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES. That means that they won't be federally protected. Before the proposal goes through, there is a 90 day period for public comment. 
The comment period is NOW MORE THAN HALFWAY GONE! Here's where to submit your comment: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073-43030
Also, please copy your letter and email it to: feedback@ios.doi.gov 
Every comment counts! Here's what you might want your letter to include. Feel free to use the exact words, but read through first (I encourage you to try to use you own reasons in addition)! Remember to be RESPECTFUL, use proper grammar and spelling, and try not to base your whole argument on emotion - use scientific references if you can! Talk about personal experiences with wolves and why they are important to YOU and young people across the nation. Remember that there is a 5000 CHARACTER LIMIT! (If you have any questions or want to run your letter by me, comment on this post or email at kids4wolves@gmail.com!) Thank you!
Please comment "done" on this post when you've sent the letter so we can get an idea of how many people are writing! If you're willing, paste your whole letter - we'd love to hear what you're saying!
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  I oppose the proposal to remove gray wolves from the federal Endangered Species List.
     Wolves are still extinct in most of the states across the nation, yet if this proposal were to go through, wolves would be considered NOT endangered in those states. In the states of Washington and Oregon, only about 50 wolves exist, yet these would also be considered a not-endangered - "recovered" - population. Under the Endangered Species Act, species cannot be taken off the endangered species list unless they are recovered - which gray wolves are not! If wolves are removed from the endangered species list, then each state will manage their own wolves. States have a history of killing as many wolves as possible, often using inhumane and unscientific methods.There are still many habitats in the U.S. where wolves have the potential to thrive, but have yet to move into those areas; there is no science in removing protection in places where wolves have yet to recover - specifically the Pacific Northwest, California, the Northeast, and the southern Rocky Mountains. Wolves have sustainable populations in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota; federal protection has already been removed in those areas. The only thing that will be accomplished under this proposal is removing federal protection in states that don't yet have a recovered wolf population. This is illogical and goes against the available science (as many independent scientists have expressed). The decision to remove a species from the Endangered Species List is supposed to be based on the best available science (as you claim it is), but the scientists whose work is referenced in your proposal themselves voiced their strong disagreements (and I quote): "“Based on a careful review of the rule, we do not believe that the rule reflects the conclusions of our work or the best available science concerning the recovery of wolves, or is in accordance with the fundamental purpose of the Endangered Species Act to conserve endangered species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.” Please base your decision on the actual best available science, not the best available politics.
     Many young people care deeply about this issue. I am a member of a group called Kids4Wolves. We work to educate ourselves, our peers, and adults about the truth of wolves - both the good and the not so good (but solvable). We also work to get other young people involved in the process, to keep the policy makers honest when they make these decisions. After all, my generation will have to be the ones to live with the benefits or consequences of whatever your generation decides today. It is critical that you consider all sides to this issue. Young people in the United States are perhaps the group to be most effected by your decision.  I implore you to reconsider your proposal to remove federal protection for gray wolves across the whole United States.
Thank you.
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Mexican gray wolves - the most endangered wolf in the world with only about 75 living in the wild - will also be impacted by this proposal. Go here http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-R2-ES-2013-0056-0001 to speak up for Mexican gray wolves! Here are some talking points to include in your comment: http://www.mexicanwolves.org/index.php/news/1046/51/Take-Action-Comments-Needed-to-Ensure-Mexican-Wolves-Future



Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Proposed Wyoming Wolf Hunt

*PUBLIC COMMENTS CLOSED*

The deadline for public comments is TODAY, June 12th! PLEASE SEND IN YOUR COMMENTS - IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Here's where to submit comments: http://gf.state.wy.us/WGFD_WebSurvey/SurveySignup.aspx
Here is what you might want to INCLUDE IN YOUR LETTER! https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7xYnjjogLTJdE1ldVJLV1VET0U/edit
REMEMBER - Keep your comments respectful and to the point. Use good grammar and spelling and try to keep emotional appeals to a minimum. Use science!
National Wolfwatcher Public Statement regarding the proposed Wyoming wof hunt:
"State officials reported that there were about 300 wolves in the state outside of Yellowstone when the state took over management of wolves in Wyoming. According to Brian Nesvik, the department’s chief game warden, WY Game and Fish officials had hoped to use the 2012 hunting season to lower wolf numbers from 192 to 172 in the northwest corner of the state outside of Yellowstone National Park.  Final estimates show 169 wolves and 15 breeding pairs lived in that area after the hunting season.  About 90 more wolves and six breeding pairs lived in Yellowstone and on the reservation at the end of 2012, according to estimates.
Wyoming officials reported that last season, hunters killed 42 wolves during the trophy and seasonal trophy hunting seasons from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. Wolves can be shot without a license during any time of the year in about 85 percent of the state known as the predator zone, and thus  far this year, hunters have killed 16 wolves in this zone to date. Monthly updates are provided on the agency’s website.
Although the 2013 wolf plan reduces the kill-quota to 26 wolves in the seasonal trophy zones, hunting and trapping in the rest of the state is unlimited.  Thus, we believe that the Department’s proposals already approach a dangerous slippery slope when it comes to state management of wolves in Wyoming. Thus we oppose all hunting and trapping in the state at this time. In fact, we feel the plan has the potential to recklessly unravel the recovery of wolves in the entire Northern Rockies region."

GET MORE AT http://wolfwatcher.org/2013/05/nwc-public-statement-2013-wyoming-wolf-hunt/ !

Thanks to the National Wolfwatcher Coalition!