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Wolves, integral members of North American ecosystems, are under attack as ranchers, hunters, and politicians seek to eradicate them.
The wolf is a remarkable species that symbolizes all things natural, wild and free. Wolves once reigned atop magnificent and diverse ecosystems across North America, helping to maintain nature’s critical balance on this continent.
The war on wolves is taking place on several fronts:
In Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies
On March 6th, 2009, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar approved the Bush Administration’s discredited plan to eliminate Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Idaho and Montana — a decision that could lead to the deaths of more than 1,000 wolves!
More than 900 wolves in Alaska have been killed by aerial gunning since 2003, and Governor Palin is pushing to kill even more wolves this year using aerial gunning, poison gas and snares.
In fact, Governor Palin has proposed a $150 bounty on each severed leg of a dead wolf. She also advocates gassing wolf pups in their dens with carbon monoxide. Can you imagine the outcry if such a thing were done to domesticated animals?
In the Southwest
Misinformation and anti-wolf sentiment runs high, with the few remaining wolves in Arizona and New Mexico at risk of extinction. With only two breeding pairs of Mexican wolves left in the wild, we need sensible, science-based wolf management to ensure the “lobo” will survive — and thrive — in the wilds of the Southwest.
The turning point in this war is right now. Because of our “responsible wildlife management” delusions, the lives of thousands of wolves are at stake. While they may not be animals you want to hang out with, wolves are actually social beings, who live in close-knit families and care for their young. They are every bit as intelligent as your dog.