“License To Kill”…Must Read NYT Article on Northern Rockies Wolf Hunts

This article says it all.


Editorial New York Times

License to Kill

Published: July 21, 2010

In Idaho and Montana, in early 2009, gray wolves were removed from the endangered species list and left to the mercy of state “management plans.” Those plans have been crafted to satisfy hunters rather than protect the wolves or the ecosystem in which they play an essential role. They all but guarantee the slow extinction of the roughly 1,700 wolves left in the Rocky Mountain West.

The wolf-hunting quota in Montana was 75 animals last year. This year it is 186 out of an estimated 524 wolves in the state. Idaho, which is expected to announce its quota next month, will allow wolves to be trapped, then shot, and it will let hunters use electronic calls.

These plans are the extension of a weak and outdated recovery plan (approved by the federal government in 1987) that requires each state to maintain only 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs — far below what’s necessary to guarantee genetically healthy populations. And since that is the only official minimum on the books, it is an invitation to Idaho and Montana to keep killing wolves, until they approach that number. (In Wyoming, wolves are still on the endangered list because the state has yet to develop even a minimally acceptable management scheme.)

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Posted in: Wolf Wars, gray wolf/canis lupus, Montana wolves, Idaho wolves

Tags: license to kill, politics drive wolf hunts, wolf persecution, bad wolf management plans

Wolf Recovery Sought Across US…Please Support This Plan!!

I’m reposting this because I think it’s the future of wolf recovery in this country. Wolves must be allowed to reclaim their historical home range, not be boxed in by brutal state management plans. USFWS should scrap the outdated wolf plan and give serious consideration to the Center For Biological Diversity national wolf plan!!  We have to take the lead on this people. Start writing USFWS, in support of this plan. It’s the only thing that makes sense for wolves.


For Immediate Release, July 20, 2010

Contact:  Michael Robinson, (575) 534-0360

Wolf Recovery Sought Across Country: West Coast, New England, Colorado and Great Plains

Silver City, N.M.— Gray wolves should be recovered in multiple, connected populations throughout the United States, according to a scientific petition filed today by the Center for Biological Diversity with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The petition asks for development of a national recovery plan for the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act to establish wolf populations in suitable habitat in the Pacific Northwest, California, Great Basin, southern Rocky Mountains, Great Plains and New England.

“Existing recovery plans for wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains and upper Midwest are out of date and apply to a small fraction of the wolf’s historic range,” said the Center’s Michael Robinson. “It’s time to develop a national recovery plan to facilitate true recovery of the gray wolf.”

Currently, gray wolf populations are limited to the northern Rocky Mountains, western Great Lakes and Southwest, which makes up less than 5 percent of their historic range. In part, this reflects the fact that the gray wolf has never had a national recovery plan, though it has been listed in the entire conterminous United States since 1978. Instead, individual recovery plans have been developed for only the three areas that now harbor populations. These plans were developed in the late 1970s and 1980s and are now outdated. Besides failing to recognize that wolves can be recovered to other areas, the plans set population goals well below what are now considered necessary for population health and survival. In the northern Rocky Mountains, for example, the recovery plan only called for 30 breeding pairs, split between three subpopulations.

“Small, isolated wolf populations are a recipe for extinction,” said Robinson. “Science teaches us that we need far more wolves that range across a much wider swath of the continent than the current minimalistic approach.”

The Center’s petition starts a process in which the Fish and Wildlife Service must make a determination on whether to develop such a recovery plan based on the science in the petition and the requirements of the law. The Endangered Species Act requires recovery of endangered animals and plants throughout all significant portions of their range.

“Wolves are an engine of evolution,” said Robinson. “They help feed bears, eagles and wolverines with the leftovers from their kills; they help pronghorn antelope and even foxes survive by controlling coyotes. A continent-wide approach to wolf recovery is necessary both to save the wolf and to restore ecosystems across the United States.”



Finally someone is calling for a national wolf recovery plan. I think the Center is seizing the opportunity to propose true wolf recovery in this country. 

If Judge Molloy relists the Northern Rockies wolf population there will be a chance to rewrite the rules and wolves would no longer be under state controlled death sentences, following outdated management plans.  This is the only hope for wolves to make a full and complete recovery in America. 

I applaud the Center for their bold plan!! 

Read the full petition submitted to the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar and Rowan Gould, Acting Director, USFWS.

Petition to the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for  Development of a Recovery Plan for the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) in the Conterminous United States Outside of the Southwest.


Take Action For Wolves, Support This Plan!!



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Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus, Positive wolf news, Wolf Recovery

Tags: bold wolf recovery plan, gray wolf, biodiversity, Lords of Nature

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