Gray wolves are icons of wild America, but the Obama administration's Department of the Interior is on the verge of stripping most of them of their protections under the Endangered Species Act. This would be catastrophic.
Forty years ago, wolves were on the brink of being hunted to extinction. They were saved by the Endangered Species Act, which allowed them to begin to flourish again in the mountains and forests of the United States, in places like Yellowstone National Park and the northern woods of Michigan.
If the federal government goes ahead with its plans, wolf management will be turned over to the states. This has already happened in the Northern Rockies and it's been a disaster – over 1,700 wolves have been ruthlessly hunted down and killed in just the last two years. If wolves are stripped of their protections, we could see this happen in parts of the United States where their comeback is still in its early, fragile stages.
The recovery of gray wolves is one of the great conservation victories of the last 50 years, but the job isn't done. To abandon wolves now would be an enormous tragedy for wolves and for their forest habitats -- and for us.
Thank you for everything you do for our wild America,
Sierra Club Executive Director
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