Thursday, September 05, 2013

IMPORTANT: Wolves Given Extra Time: Comment Period to Prevent Delisitng Moved to Oct. 28. GET ON IT!

Well, at least there’s a chance.  Please read and follow the link below.  The form letter can be used.  IT’S ALL VERY EASY!!!!  We need to make sure they are not delisted.

The US FWS has extended the comment period (to October 28, 2013) for the federal delisting of wolves nationwide.

HERE'S WHAT TO DO

Please take a second and send your comment to USFWS and ask to maintain the Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves.


To make it easier Rhonda has enclosed copy of a letter that you can use / modify.
All the instructions how and where to submit your comments are at the end of this sample letter.
Please act now, tomorrow could be too late.
Thank you as usual for taking action.
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September 2, 2013

Director Daniel Ashe
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240

Dear Director Ashe,
I am writing to you in your capacity as Director of US Fish and Wildlife Services to request in the most urgent manner possible that USFWS maintain the Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves currently protected under the Act. I do NOT accept in any way, based on any information provided, that wolves are recovered as a species. Wolves have only returned to 5% of their former habitat; this is strictly politically motivated as I am sure you are well aware. If not politically motivated, then why is it the bald eagle was delisted in 2007, but we have not allowed open hunting and trapping? Why then are we even contemplating doing that with wolves? The stated goal of the Endangered Species Act is to save species from extinction and to fully recover the species by removing threats to its survival.

As you are well aware, there has been much discussion, and indeed outrage by the fact that politics once again weighed in to dictate the decisions concerning the fate of the gray wolf, rather than best science available decisions. While I applaud the decision of the USFWS to put on hold for an indefinite time, according to FWS spokesman Gavin Shire on August 12th (as per the LA Times), I would urge you to allow the PEER review of the well qualified scientists and biologists to be reviewed carefully by USWFS and that protection is maintained for the gray wolves currently protected under the Act.

In some areas of Idaho close to 700 wolves, including lactating females and pups, can be killed at anytime. In the state of Wyoming 83 percent of that states wolves can be killed year round without a license. The state of Montana will allow a “bag limit” of up to five wolves per hunter/trapper. I defy anyone to call this scientific stewardship of this apex, keystone predator; necessary to provide balance to our eco system!
Director Ashe, I hope your decisions on the gray wolf will echo the integral role you played in responding to a 2005 complaint that agency geologist had botched an evaluation of the habitant needs of panthers. The protection of the gray wolf against those who would seek to completely remove them from the landscape, from their rightful homeland, certainly deserves no less.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

To submit your comments please follow the link provided.
Regulations.gov
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073-0001

When you have accessed this webpage look for :
“Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus), Mexican Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi)”

Now look to the top right hand corner of the page and locate the button that says: “Comment Now”
This will bring you to the comment page. Please cut and paste the provided comment, modify the provided comment our use your own words to tell Director Dan Ashe and other decision makers your feelings on why we need to protect all of Americas wolves under the Endangered Species Act.

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