February 26, 2014: Please Stand With Me in Saving the American Wolves

~by Susi Pittman

The 1973 Endangered Species Act provides federal protection for plants and animals that are threatened with extinction. The Gray Wolf population of America has been receiving this protection as an effort to bring them back from the brink of extinction. All dogs can trace their roots back to the Gray Wolf.

For four decades this protection has allowed a minimal but steady increase in the wolf population of the United States. At one time there were as many as two million wolves living in the U.S.  But, by the 1930’s fur traders had poisoned, shot and trapped almost all wolves outside of Canada and Alaska.

The government now wants out of the wolf protection business, mostly due to rancher’s and cattlemen lobbyist hard pressing their congressmen. The Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service is working very hard to remove wolves from the endangered list in all 48 contiguous states and transfer control over to the states. So tolls the death knell.

Federal protection has allowed wolves to rebound in many places. There are now about 1,600+ wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming and 4,000 in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. In 1998, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, led by Jamie Rappaport Clark (now president of Defenders of Wildlife), released 11 Mexican gray wolves back into the wild in Arizona. Although their numbers have grown slowly, they remain the most endangered subspecies of wolf in the world. These statistics are certainly a far cry from the millions that existed! Increasing numbers are dying at the hands of hunters, wildlife agents and ranchers protecting livestock.

The wolves have been gradually delisted in all these places because, it says, their numbers are enough to guarantee survival and unnecessary to protect wolves elsewhere.

Many ecological scientists argue that this is absolutely a premature move. Already, there is a 7% decline in Rocky Mountain wolves since the hunting has started. Can wolves recover proper parts of their historical range without protection from the federal government? The answer is NO.

I ask that you please help the wolves and make your voice heard on their behalf by participating in the E-Letter Campaign from the Defenders of Wildlife. All you need do is fill in your name and address and they will see that Secretary Jewell receives your request.

CLICK HERE to participate.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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