Our wonderful government is at it again. Recently they just don't seem to be able to do anything right. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service wants to remove the wolf from the Endangered Species List in all of the continental U.S. There are only 5500 of them left in only 10 states in the continental U.S.
The wolf is an iconic, keystone species. Since its return to a small portion of its former range, there have been tremendous ecological improvements, but its recovery is far from complete. It occupies less than 5% of its former range and its present population is less than 2% of what it was less than 100 years ago. They were delisted in the Northern Rockies region and the Western Great Lakes region in 2011. Since then over 2200 of them slaughtered.
To delist them in the remaining states is a plan motivated by politics and special interests, which is specifically prohibited by their policies and procedures. In the public hearings that are being held, I have pointed out the specific regulations and policies that this proposal violates. I seem to be the only force that seems to speak of these violations. Defenders of Wildlife has been virtually silent in this regard. They have had training sessions telling those who are chosen to speak the things they want them to say, but these sessions have not mentioned anything about the relevant issues that are listed in the actual proposal itself.
You have until Dec 7 to voice your opposition to this proposal.
Visit the website and respond:
In the search box enter:
FWS HQ ES 2013 0073 (this is this proposal's docket number)
Public Comment Processing
Att: FWS HQ ES 2013 0073
Div of Policy & Directive Management
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Dr. MS 2042 PDM
Arlington, VA 22203
Wolf News - Last Month's Article
The ongoing battle to keep the government from delisting wolves has made no progress. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has once again rescheduled the public hearings on their proposal to delist gray wolves across most of the U.S., and has extended the public comment period now to DECEMBER 17th. Read Bill Chamberlain’s comments on this subject and how to make your voice heard.
We recently received a desperate phone call from a person totally down on his luck. He had gotten sick which led to him losing his job. This led to a downward spiral where he lost his home and his car. He wound up walking the streets of Reno with his dog. He was unable to stay with his friends because their apartment complex didn't allow pets.
Gianni is a 6 year-old in-tact male that he has had since he was 6 weeks old. He is an absolute love-bug that is as comfortable on the couch as he is chasing rabbits. He does have some slight separation anxiety though. He seems to get along with everyone but Takoda. They growl and snarl at each other, but have not been given the opportunity to take that any further.
We extended to Gianni's owner the option to get his dog back when he gets his life back together and can provide him a safe and secure home. Gianni is the only wolf at the Refuge that is in-tact and he will be neutered as soon as funds and time allow.