Establish a Science-based Plan for Long-Term Recovery of Yellowstone and Northern Rockies Wolves

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Originally Posted: 12 Aug 2010

Establish a Science-based Plan for Long-Term Recovery of Yellowstone and Northern Rockies Wolves

FROM Defenders of Wildlife

Please take action today to urge Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to seize this opportunity to get things right for wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies by pursuing a science-based plan for long-term recovery of wolves.

CONTACT

Sign an online petition

And/Or make direct contact:

Ken Salazar
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950stop
email

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies won a major victory when a federal court reinstated federal protections for these animals.

But with Idaho officials still seeking to kill hundreds of wolves, Montana likely to follow and Wyoming still pursuing a shoot-on-sight wolf management plan, our work to ensure a long-term recovery for these magnificent animals is far from over.

Please take action today to urge Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to seize this opportunity to get things right for wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies by pursuing a science-based plan for long-term recovery of wolves.

SAMPLE LETTER

I hope that you will use the recent court decision that reinstates federal protections for Northern Rockies wolves as an opportunity to chart a new course for wolves in the region. It is time for all of the stakeholders -- including state officials, livestock producers, conservationists and others -- to work together in the region to develop a recovery plan using the best available science that ensures a long-term, sustainable future for wolves in the region.

The ultimate goal of wolf recovery must be the achievement of a viable, interconnected wolf population in the Northern Rockies that is managed like other wildlife by the states. Successful, long-term recovery can be achieved by incorporating the best available science to determine biological recovery; ensuring that state management plans are adequate to prevent decline of wolf populations once federal protections are removed; and employing a robust and transparent regulatory process that allows for full public input.

Once we achieve this, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should propose delisting through an open and transparent process to allow maximum public participation.

I urge you to move forward on these critical steps to ensure the long-term recovery of wolves in Greater Yellowstone and Northern Rockies.


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