As you all know, we always try to bring you enjoyable reading about the small events that are happening at our wolf refuge. We do not want to add to the list of political emails that most of you are already receiving from various organizations that are trying to protect our wolves, but this is just too important not to talk about.
On September 7 our director Bill Chamberlain and long-time friend and supporter Pat McLaughlin went to Washington, DC to attend a huge rally on National Mall about the USFWS's proposal to take the wolf off of the Endangered Species List. It was a huge event that brought awareness of this proposal. Bill was one of 9 distinguished speakers who spoke about various aspects of it. His presentation focused on the scientific and legal issues and how this proposal directly contradicts the basic intent of the Endangered Species Act and how it violates several specific provisions within it. He also presented specific verifiable information about the credibility and validity of the scientific research on which the proposal is based. After the rally the event embarked on a march down Constitution Avenue to the nation's capital.
There is now going to be three public hearings held around the country about this proposal. They will be in Washington, DC on Sept 30, Sacramento, CA on Oct 2 and Albuquerque, NM on Oct 4. Bill will speak at each of these. Bill is quite experienced at these kinds of events. Prior to the release of the Mexican wolf into AZ and NM in 1998 there was over a dozen public hearings that were held over a year's time period and they were all held in locations that would be impacted by wolf's restoration. Bill spoke every one of them. To have only 3 of these current hearings all held within a one week time period in locations that have no real stake in this proposal (except Albuquerque) is an indication of our government's questionable ethics and behavior.
If you are unaware of this drastic proposal please the reference material listed below, it tells you what this proposal is all about and what you can do to help stop it. It begs you to write letters to the director of USFWS and the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell that tell them to withdraw this proposal and why. If have any questions feel free to contact our director:
William E. Chamberlain, Jr.
Curator and Director of Operations
United States Wolf Refuge
P.O. Box 2756
Sparks, NV 89432
Reference material links:
Wolf Delisting, Federal Register
Vol. 78, No. 114, Thursday, June 12, 2013
Proposed Rules (PDF 1.3 Meg)
References Cited for the Proposed Rule “Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Maintaining Protections for the Mexican Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) by Listing It as Endangered” Proposal File Download (PDF 114 Kb)
Endangered Species Act of 1973
As Amended through the 108th Congress
Download the PDF (175 Kb)
We know that many of you are reluctant to write letters. So let all your friends, family, coworkers, business associates and colleagues, and anyone you know who might be willing to help. If you don't want to write letters, won't you please make a tax deductible donation to the U.S. Wolf Refuge to help pay for our campaign to fight this governmental debacle? Thank You.
You will find links attached to the actual Endangered Species Act, Wolf Delisting Federal Registry and Cited References for Delisting Proposal.