Wolves Lose Vital Protection
Resources Defense Council
the worst possible news for the wolves of the Northern Rockies:
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has given the green light to a
Bush-era plan that will kick them off the Endangered Species list.
Nearly 1,000 wolves from Greater Yellowstone to Glacier National
Park could be caught in the cross-fire of state-sponsored wolf hunts
-- and that killing could begin in
just a few weeks.
The decision couldn't come at a worse time. Breeding season is here,
and wolves will start giving birth in April. That means
pregnant females and newborn pups
will be among those gunned down.
I'm sure you share my disappointment that the Obama Administration
has abandoned a science-based approach in this rush to hand wolf
management back to the states.
That's why NRDC cannot stand by and
let this deadly attack go unchallenged.
We're filing suit in federal court to block this flawed Bush-era
policy -- a policy that will simply not stand up to scientific
review. But to wage and win this life-or-death case for wolves,
we need your emergency donation right away.
We've won this fight before, thanks
to your support.
Last summer, NRDC and 11 other conservation groups compelled the
Bush Administration to abandon its first attempt to strip wolves of
their protection when we made the case that wolf populations had not
yet fully recovered.
Today, less than 6 months later, wolf populations still haven't
reached biological recovery levels.
In fact, over this past year, the
wolf population in Yellowstone National Park declined 27 percent
-- and wolf pups in the park are dying of a yet-to-be-determined
It's incumbent on Secretary Salazar to withdraw this disastrous plan
and submit it to the kind of rigorous scientific review that the
Obama Administration has championed on so many other environmental
Otherwise, we can expect a bloodbath in the Northern Rockies. The
last time wolves lost their protection, 110 of them were gunned down
in 120 days -- nearly one per day.
NRDC and our partners stopped the slaughter then. And we must do it
again -- before the states get their "Open Fire" orders.
Idaho has plans ready to go that
would wipe out more than 100 wolves in just a single area of the
NRDC members and activists like you have always stood up for the
wolves of the Northern Rockies when they've been threatened. That's
why I'm contacting you first -- and counting on you to rally to the
Wolves have already been exterminated in 96 percent of their former
range. They are making one of their last stands right now in the
Northern Rockies. We can't afford to have the government drag them
back to the brink of extinction.
Please click here to make an emergency contribution to save 1,000
wolves -- before the states have a chance to pull the trigger.
Natural Resources Defense Council
P.S. Most Americans are not even aware that wolves are in danger.
That's why I'm counting on NRDC members and activists like you to
rush to the wolf's rescue now while there is still time to save