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|Originally Posted: 9 October 2009|
End Aerial Gunning of Montana-Idaho Wolves
Please tell Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that protecting wolves and other wildlife by closing the Sheep Experiment Station should be an option -- and the preferred option -- in the environmental impact statement that his department is preparing
And tell him, in the meantime, to stop gunning down wolves.
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And/Or better yet, make direct contact:
The Sage Creek Pack wolves should not have had to die. Until
challenged by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies
last year, the Sheep Experiment Station had never analyzed the
effects of its grazing and associated "predator control" on
If the Agriculture Department had complied with the law
before our lawsuit, and if the Fish and Wildlife Service had
followed its own wolf recovery program, which called for genetic
exchange between wolf populations, either the sheep would have
been gone in the first place or the wolves would not have paid
the ultimate price.
Losing the Sage Creek Pack in the region between Yellowstone
and central Idaho illustrates why Yellowstone-area wolves are,
to a large extent, genetically isolated -- isolation that
threatens the long-term viability of wolves in the national park
and that led to wolves regaining Endangered Species Act
protections last year after the Center and our allies sued. We
are now in court once more seeking the same remedy after the
Fish and Wildlife Service again removed wolves from the
endangered species list this year.
Our separate suit against the Department of Agriculture led
to a settlement agreement whereby the sheep station is finally
beginning the process of documenting what the American public
loses due to its grazing activities -- and what the alternatives
are to those losses. Please tell Agriculture Secretary Tom
Vilsack that protecting wolves and other wildlife by closing the
sheep station should be an option -- and the preferred option --
in the environmental impact statement that his department is
Thank you for everything you do for animals!