CBD ALERT: New Wyoming Wolf Plan Will Allow Killing of Hundreds of Wolves…

Eleven member wolf pack in winter, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (2001)

For Immediate Release, April 30, 2012

CHEYENNE, Wyo.—  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Wyoming has passed legislation and an amendment to its wolf-management plan that will meet federal approval and trigger removal of Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the state.

The new law and plan — to take effect later this year when wolves are removed from the federal endangered species list — increase the area of Wyoming where wolves would be designated “predators” and could be killed without limit; they also keep in place a “trophy game management area,” where hunting will be allowed to dramatically reduce wolf populations.

“ Wyoming ’s wolf-management plan is a recipe for wolf slaughter that will only serve to incite more of the prejudice against wolves that led to their destruction in the first place,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity, which has been working for two decades to save and recover wolves throughout the West. “Removal of federal protections for wolves has been a disaster in Idaho and Montana and will be even worse in Wyoming .”

While wolves would remain fully protected within Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, elsewhere in Wyoming they would be subject to shooting, trapping and snaring, including 83 percent of the state where they will be considered “predators” and there will be no limits on their killing. The remaining portion of the state would be considered a “trophy game management area,” where killing wolves would be permitted, with the goal of reducing the population from approximately 29 packs to around 10.

“Along with the killing of wolves in Idaho and Montana , which had their protection taken away last year through a back-door congressional rider, this planned persecution of wolves in Wyoming could be devastating to the beautiful animals’ survival in the northern Rocky Mountains ,” said Robinson. “Killing most of Wyoming ’s wolves will hurt wolves in Colorado , too, where they’re only starting to return by way of Wyoming .”

Since wolf hunting and trapping seasons opened last fall, 378 wolves have been killed in Idaho , which has no cap on killing and several ongoing open seasons. An additional 166 wolves were killed in Montana , which has now closed its season. Contrary to promises, hunting and trapping have appeared to inflame anti-wolf sentiment, with comments and pictures appearing on the Internet that boast of wolf killing and call for more slaughter.

The Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened a two-week comment period, during which feedback is sought from the public before the agency finalizes the delisting rule.


In October 2011 the Obama administration announced finalization of an agreement between the Fish and Wildlife Service and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead whereby the agency would remove wolves in Wyoming from the federal endangered species list and the state would only be required to keep alive 100 wolves or 10 breeding pairs outside Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks (which together provide habitat for a few dozen wolves that would remain protected while in the parks).

After pups are born within the next few weeks, it is likely that more than 500 wolves will live outside the national parks in Wyoming . The state plan will allow their unregulated killing throughout most of the state.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 350,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

Michael J. Robinson

Center for Biological Diversity

P.O. Box 1727

Silver City, NM 88062


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  1. It just gets worse and worse. It almost seems like the only good that can come of this is that states will commit such atrocities with respect to their “management” of their wolf populations that the only acceptable path will be to return them to federal control.

    After the incredible costs born by taxpayers to recover them they’ll either be extirpated again in their entirety or the outcry about the waste will be sufficient to protect them more completely and for a very long time.

    Perhaps the solution here is to simply focus on the cost to recover wolves and the atrocities being committed against them by a sadistic yet vocal group supported by governors that clearly make decisions in the absence of science and based upon lobbyists and malice/personal gain/cronyism.


  3. Add this issue to Defenders of Wildlife Week Campaign against Idaho massacre ! Fb, Tw and contact US FWS and Gov Mead daily.

  4. How come we are afraid of pups being born? is there actually someone evil enough to ignore common sense and hurt a completely defenseless puppy?! I think petitions and protests ate going too slow, we must do something that stops this slaughter for good, Once and for all…Tell me how can I help I would give my life for the wolves and the wild ones….

    • I agree. Petitions accomplish nothing. Phone calls, emails, letters to politicians or other officials also hit a wall and yield no results. At least when it comes to wolves…

      • I know!This people doesn’t care about wolves I think that if they claim themselves having the right to rain hell on this animals we, defenders should condition our votes on representatives that DO care about this animals and WON’T change their minds even for all the money in the world …

      • Daniel…I had to remove your email address to protect your privacy but you can write to me @ http://facebook.com/wolfwarriors.

        For the wolves, For the wild ones,


      • thanks for letting me know…I wasn’t aware that I couldn’t post it, I joined Wolf Warriors already thanks again..

  5. I cannot stand it anymore..I hate this news..Maybe the Center For Biological Diversity will be the only hope for the Wolves. Perhaps Mr. Robinson can reach the right people and make a difference. Every breathing wolf in this country is a moving target. Man has such short sighted ignorant mentality. We need a better education system to teach our children what the wolves are all about and make sure the next generation understands the need to protect the wolves and there place in the ecosystem.

  6. What is the address/which FWA do we write and call???

  7. After all that has been done to conserve and bring back the wolf it seems they are destined to be extinct. Mankind managing wildlife with a dysfunctional government is not the answer. Education through preservation and conservation ….man learning to live with nature.

  8. The count of Wyoming wolves outside the national parks in 2011 was 270. I don’t see how enough pups will be born to increase the population to 500. Anyway, I also want to comment to the FWS about this despicable plan and I hope if this is approved, the big wildlife groups will step up and sue over this. This is just unconscionable.

  9. Its a sad day ,are there no lawsuits filed to stop this , I had word back from my senator on HR4089 says they’re against it we will see,, a battle may be lost but the war is far from over…………..

  10. Most Michiganders like having wolves in their home state | MSU News | Michigan State University
    EAST LANSING, Mich. — The overwhelming majority of Michigan residents place value on having wolves in their home state while a small minority would buy a license to hunt them, according to a Michigan State University study.

    The survey, which addresses how the state could manage its wolf population now that Canis lupus has been removed from the federal endangered species list, indicates that 82 percent of those surveyed value knowing that there are wolves in Michigan. On the other end of the spectrum, only 14 percent report that they would purchase a license to hunt wolves

    • There SHOULD be zero percent of those willing to buy a license, besides what quantity of money gives you the “right” ot justifies that you kill innocent animals? It is ONLY God’s wil to judge life and death….

  11. When I lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I was around hunters, but they were “educated hunters” that took game animals, and also realized the importance of wolves, coyotes, and other predators in keeping a healthy balance. Sportsmen in the Northwestern States could learn a lot from the Michigan hunters.

  12. Its funny because its all about money,I remember in1998-99 some guys that couldn’t find jobs in Michigan heard about the vast sums of money to be made being a outfitter in the western states, about 5 went out there and are still there, they come back and brag about the lifestyle they have of big hunters,the bears they killed in their front yards and stuff,but none of them seem to have found their pot of gold they just seemed to become better at taking advantage of a situation through intimidation and reckless firearm use,they drink-up and head back west after a few weeks of bragging…………….

  13. Wildlife Service, Forest Service, BLM, they all are organizations that fight against wildlife everywhere. Wolves, buffalos, bears, mustangs, coyotes, donkeys, they all are in the way of them. So I think it is the most important step for wildlife to shut down all organizations who organize destruction. Read that article: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/28/4450678/the-killing-agency-wildlife-services.html#storylink=misearch

  14. Just finished reading the Anchorage Daily News and some interesting stuff. They’er realising that wolves are too important to the eco system and Fish and Game refused the Game Board’s request to airiel[Sp?] hunt wolves in the Kenai. Fewer wolves are affecting ravens since they feast on the wolf carcass leftovers. Can anyone physically interfere with hunts? Like they do with the whales? Or buzzing them with airplanes?

    • Really? That’s wonderful!!!!

      • I know, at least some good news, but we need to focus as this war declared on wolves is far from over…We must let know every representative and even The president of The United States of America that we won’t stand a single firearm, trap, poison or nothing that hurts towards wolves and other wildlife and they do not have the power to judge on living beings as that power is still exclusive to God himself….

  15. The Fish and Game have a bigger interest than listening to people against the massacre of wolves……they made over one and one half million dollars in wolf tags and lisences. Is this the reason why this momentum can not be touched????

  16. Nabeki, what are the addresses and numbers of who my friends and I can write please??? Thank you!

  17. I just read in my local paper today that WildEarth Guardians has filed a suit to close down Wildlife Services. Of course, Wildlife Services is quoted as saying they are a benevolent agency which actually helps endangered species. I would laugh if this wasn’t so tragic. They didn’t mention that they helped IDFG aerial shoot 14 wolves in the Lolo because they are eating elk, their natural prey.

  18. What do you expect when Safari International, the NRA and the Elk Federation move in and buy off the Legislature of every state?

  19. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/28/4450678/the-killing-agency-wildlife-services.html Nabeki I think this is what we need.

    • Dwayne, I’m going to do a post on it tonight or tomorrow. There was an article by the Missoulian called The Exterminators I posted back in 2009. I’m so glad to see WEG suing this horrible agency.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  20. It is all so awful I can scarcely read about it. There will be no wolves left… A terrible crime….

  21. es una crueldad luego que sera leones otro animal?

  22. http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/05/04/lightning-medicine-cloud-sacred-white-buffalo-killed-and-skinned-111453

    So sad, probably the same types of people that kill wolves.

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