During the 19th and 20th centuries, hunting, trapping, and habitat loss drove gray wolves to near
extinction. Conservation efforts made possible by the Endangered Species Act has allowed them to come back and begin to re-establish some of their former habitats. Today, millions of visitors have a chance to see a wolf in Yellowstone National Park.
But on its way out the door, the Trump administration issued a rule stripping gray wolves across the country of crucial Endangered Species Act protections when they need them most.
In some parts of the country, gray wolves have just begun to recover, yet they are completely absent in many areas of suitable habitat. The successful recovery of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies was only possible because of the strong protections of the Endangered Species Act. But the Trump administration’s rule throws in the towel on what could be one of our greatest wildlife conservation success stories.
In Washington state, the Department of Fish and Wildlife needlessly slaughters wolves to appease ranchers despite programs to compensate ranchers for cattle losses.
If you care about restoring gray wolves to their rightful habitat, please contact the new administration’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and urge them to rescind the gray wolf delisting rule, and to instead recommit to restoring this native species: www.fws.gov.