Tell congress to stop the attacks on the Endangered Species Act: please take action for wolves

In congress several lawmakers are working on legislation to delist wolves in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota & Wyoming. This legislation by Senator Ron Johnson (D-WI) calls for delisting of wolves. 

A brief History on wolf delisting.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed federal protections for gray wolves in 2012 and turned over state management. Shortly after the 2012 delisting these states rushed to create legislation that allowed for hunting of gray wolves. Wisconsin became the only state that allowed the barbaric use of dogs to hunt wolves; Wisconsin quite literally throws dogs to wolves. Source Wyoming called for shooting wolves on sight. Minnesota allowed for the use of inhumane snare traps on wolves. In Michigan the legislature tried to go against the public referendum that voted no against a wolf hunt. 

 Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in 2012 filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore federal protections for Great Lakes wolves under the Endangered Species Act. 

After three years of state sanctioned wolf hunts in Wisconsin and Minnesota a federal judge intervened with a decision on the 2012 HSUS lawsuit. 

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington, D.C., ruled that the removal was “arbitrary and capricious” and violated the federal Endangered Species Act.

In her ruling, Howell wrote: “Wolves are the subject of heated disputes, with those on every side of the issue offering heartfelt arguments as to how best to manage this unique species. The last decade of litigation is a testament to those passions.”  Howell said that while the Fish and Wildlife Service and others may have “practical policy reasons” for removing protections for wolves, federal regulations protecting endangered species trump those concerns. “At times, a court must lean forward from the bench to let an agency know, in no uncertain terms, that enough is enough,” Howell wrote in the decision. “This case is one of those times.” Judge Howell’s statement

Recent wolf delisting threats.

The GOP led anti-wolf senators want Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to use her influence to push her democratic colleagues to pass this bill. But there is one senator, Senator Maria Cantrell (D-Washington) that is standing in the way. 

The ant-wolf senators from Wisconsin are not happy that Washington State Senator Maria Cantrell (D) is holding up their wolf delisting bill. In the following news statement these anti wolf legislators stated:

“It is our understanding that Congress is on the brink of passing this bill,” the GOP lawmakers said. “However, we have been informed that Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) is standing in the way of the delisting legislation. We expect Senator Baldwin to use her new influence as a member of the Senate Democratic leadership team to push her colleagues to pass this bill.” Source

It’s time to tell congress to stop the attacks on the Endangered Species Act: please take action for wolves

First contact your senators using this easy form Democracy.io (click on the blue highlighted words)

Tell your members of congress that you want them to protect wolves from states that have proven they cannot manage an endangered species. Ask them not to sign onto any legislation or riders that call for delisting wolves. 

Next contact Senator Tammy Baldwin and ask her not to support GOP led wolf delisting bills or riders. Ask her to stand against any threats to the endangered speciecies act.


If you are on twitter:


For Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Facebook page click HERE

Lastly please contact Senator Maria Cantrell (D-WA) and thank her for holding the line against wolf delisting legislation. We support your efforts on behalf of the imperiled wolf! 

Senator Maria Cantrell’s Facebook page click Here

Please also note a new threat to wolves in Michigan from Humane Society of the United States: 

Michigan: Speak up to stop a wolf hunt

Michigan’s wolves are under threat once again.
In the 2014 general election, Michigan voters soundly rejected two referendums on the trophy hunting and trapping of the state’s small population of wolves. But now, the Michigan legislature is trying to rush through another bill, SB 1187, that would once again designate wolves as a game species to be hunted and trapped—in spite of that public rejection of wolf hunting at the ballot box just two years ago.

The Michigan legislature should heed the voice of its citizens, who have stated in no uncertain terms that they do not support the recreational hunting and trapping of wolves. Your voice is needed now to protect Michigan’s wolves.

TAKE ACTION

Calling is the one of the most effective actions you can take. Please make a brief, polite phone call to your state representative and state senator now. Look up your legislators’ phone numbers. You can say, “I am a constituent who cares about wolves, and I’m calling to urge you to respect the voice of the people and reject SB 1187.”

After your call, use the form below to send a follow-up message. Editing your message will help it stand out.


Your Message Click HERE to fill out HSUS action for Michigan wolves

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Feature imaged a wolf used in action alert is a photograph by John E Marriott

Take action for wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Wyoming to oppose anti-wolf delisting rider.

U.S. senate bill S.2012 – Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 114th Congress (2015-2016)  has the notorious anti- wolf rider attached to it, Senate amendment 3033 to senate amendment 2953 proposed by rebublican Senator Ron Johnson. This amendment calls for removing wolves from the endangered species list in the following states: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Wyoming. Further adding that no judge can interfere with this delisting. 

  

What’s wrong with S.Amdt.3033?

The amendment turns back the handling of wolf management to states that cannot be trusted to manage an endangered species such as the iconic wolf.  

Wisconsin used dogs to hunt down wolves without any regard for safety of the free ranging packs of hound dogs and this amounted to nothing more than promoting dog on wolf fights. Minnesota allows the use of snare traps to capture & slowly strangle a wolf, that causes suffering and pain. Wyoming had a shoot to kill order out on their wolves. These examples prove these states cannot be trusted to manage an endangered species like the iconic wolf. 

You can take action in the following ways: 

Call and email your senators 

Click here to find out ‘who is your senator’ then click here to get telephone numbers and emails of your senators. 

Alternatively, you may phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

Click here to use easy email democracy.io forms.

Tweet your senators

If you are on Twitter you can send your senators a tweet. First you must find your senators official Twitter handle, then follow them.  Here’s an example of how to tweet your senator: @SenatorBaldwin Please oppose S.Amdt.3033 calling to delist #wolves in WI, MI, MN and WY attached To S. 2012-Energy bill #KeepWolvesListed

In the next few weeks the U.S. Senate will start working on the energy bill and each senator will be able to take their pen to strike out individual attached amendments.  Take action now to make your senators strike the following amendment out:  

 SA Amdt. 3033. Mr. JOHNSON submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2953 proposed by Ms. Murkowski to the bill S. 2012, to provide for the modernization of the energy policy of the United States, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:
     SEC. ____. REISSUANCE OF FINAL RULES REGARDING GRAY WOLVES IN  THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES AND WYOMING.

       (a) In General.–Notwithstanding any other provision of 

     law, not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of 

     this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall reissue–

       (1) the final rule entitled “Endangered and Threatened 

     Wildlife and Plants; Revising the Listing of the Gray Wolf 

     (Canis lupus) in the Western Great Lakes” (76 Fed. Reg. 

     81666 (December 28, 2011)); and

       (2) the final rule entitled “Endangered and Threatened 

     Wildlife and Plants; Removal of the Gray Wolf in Wyoming from 

     the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and 

     Removal of the Wyoming Wolf Population’s Status as an 

     Experimental Population” (77 Fed. Reg. 55530 (September 10

     2012)).

       (b) No Judicial Review.–The reissuance of the final rules 

     described in subsection (a) shall not be subject to judicial 

     review.

                                 ______

         Trophy hunts are about power not conservation. ~Rachel  

#KeepWolvesListed #fightforwhatsright           

 

Humane Society of the U.S. Alert Protect Grizzly Bears in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is planning to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from grizzly bears who live in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This would turn management of this iconic species over to the states and subject these animals to trophy hunting seasons in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.Contrary to what the USFWS claims, grizzly bears are far from recovered and human-caused mortality is the single-largest contributor to bear deaths. Grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem have benefited greatly from ESA protections but are not yet recovered. Removing federal protections from this one small, isolated population and subjecting them to trophy hunting will not advance the conservation of this species. 

The American public wants grizzly bears protected for future generations, not killed by a few trophy hunters so they can mount and stuff them.

Please take a moment to send the USFWS a letter, urging them to not remove federal protections from Yellowstone grizzly bears.

Take Action Click HERE

This action alert is for U.S. residents only. International advocates, please visit Humane Society International  for ways you can take action for animals.

  

Image: John E Marriott Photography


Project Coyote Action Alert: Petition to the California Fish and Game Commission to ban lethal trapping and night-hunting in the wolf recovery zone. 

 

Dear Friend of Wildlife,


Snares, lethal traps, night-hunting. These are just some of the deadly dangers that wolves face as they attempt to return to their native home of California. 

Project Coyote and the Center for Biological Diversity have taken swift action to protect wolves by petitioning the California Fish and Game Commission to ban lethal trapping and night-hunting in the wolf recovery zone. Your voice in support of this petition is needed now! 

We have also jointly petitioned the Commission to comply with state law regarding its trapping program. If implemented, it could mean the end of commercial trapping in the state. Read more here.

Our petitions will be considered by the Commission at the upcoming Santa Rosa Commission meeting on Thursday, April 14 and we need your support! You can help by taking any or all of the three simple actions below:
1.  Submit comments to the Commission (click “Take Action Now” button below).

2.  Join us at the upcoming Fish and Game Commission meeting where these issues will be considered. More information and agenda here (public testimony may be limited to 2 min.):

What
: California Fish and Game Commission mtg. 

When: Thursday, April 14th, 8am

Where: Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 

More infohere

3.  Help keep these issues in the public eye by submitting Letters to the Editor to your local paper(s). Use the talking points below and our tips and tools for writing LTE’s

Background
In June 2014, the Commission listed wolves under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA), providing wolves recolonizing their historic range in California with the extra protections needed for recovery (wolves in California are also still listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act though those protections are tenuous as the Fish and Wildlife Service debates delisting wolves from the ESA).
While these regulatory mechanisms render both the intentional and accidental taking of gray wolves in California illegal, specific regulations are necessary to protect wolves in the state from one of the greatest threats to their recovery: the accidental killing of gray wolves mistaken for other species, particularly coyotes, in night-time hunting and lethal trapping currently permitted in occupied and potential wolf territory. Read our joint letter to the Commission on this issue here. 

Thank you for speaking out for wildlife and we hope to see you at the Commission meeting on April 14th! Please share this action alert!

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