From EARTHJUSTICE:”Congress v. Endangered Species – Wolves Up For A Vote”

“Duma, a wolf at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, rolls to capture a scent atop a mound. She’s rolling on some aftershave sprinkled on the ground a few minutes earlier.” (2005) Wiki


The endless battle to save wolves plays out every day. They are under siege, similar to the atmosphere that existed during the first Western extermination.

Recently wolves have been under attack in Congress by two wolf delisting riders attached to the budget bill. Both the House and Senate versions of the budget, that included the “wolf delisting riders” were defeated in the Senate last week. BUT  like a bad penny they keep turning up. Expect more attacks on wolves and the ESA before April 8th, when time runs out on the current budget extension.


Marty Hayden

Congress v. Endangered Species – Wolves Up For A Vote

17 March 2011, 11:09 AM

At any time, Congress could remove species from endangered list

The fate of gray wolves—and of the Endangered Species Act itself—may be voted on at any time in the climax of an historic struggle in Congress over budgeting and political philosophy.

Congress took its first stab at approving a full fiscal year 2011 budget on Feb. 19, and unfortunately the House GOP majority and some Democrats proposed slashing billions in public funding and eliminated safeguards for our air, water and wildlife, as well as two dozen anti-environmental policy provisions (riders).

The Senate alternative, unveiled March 4, excluded all of the these anti-environmental riders except one: a rider ordering the Interior Secretary to reinstate a court-overturned 2009 rule. The rule delisted wolves within portions of the northern Rockies, including Montana, Idaho and portions of Utah, Oregon and Washington. It insulated that rule from court review. If enacted, this would be the first time in the ESA’s history that Congress has legislatively delisted a species.

However, on March 9 the Senate rejected both proposals to fund the federal government for the remainder of FY2011. For now, the wolf has been granted a temporary reprieve, but the inclusion of even one anti-environmental rider in a bill eventually passed by the Senate would greatly complicate negotiations for both them and the White House when facing the revolutionaries of the House with their basket full of harmful provisions.

For years, Earthjustice has gone to court to ensure that wolves can recover from the brink of extinction in the northern Rocky Mountains.

Wolves in the lower-48 states were essentially wiped out a few decades ago and have made a slow comeback in the northern Rocky Mountains after reintroduction into Yellowstone National Park in the mid-1990s. There are now just over 1,600 gray wolves in this region, but the proposed delisting would allow the Rocky Mountain states to maintain at most 300 to 450 wolves—far short of the 2,000 to 3,000 number needed for a sustainable, fully recovered population.

Earthjustice and other conservation groups are concerned because when Congress enacted the law in 1973, it specifically stated that delisting decisions are to be made by wildlife experts in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service—not by politicians.

The very idea that congressional leaders are targeting the gray wolf sets an alarming precedent and could spell disaster for other “politically unpopular” animals—grizzly bears, salmon and polar bears among them.

Although the short-term spending bills that are keeping the government running for now are devoid of anti-environmental policy riders, the fight to protect our air, water, and treasured wildlife is not over. The current resolution expires April 8, so we can expect another round of attacks in the imminent future.

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Tags: wolf persecution, Congress playing politics with wolves, attack on the ESA, wolves under siege

Attack On Wolves and ESA Begins AGAIN….

Deja vu. Rep.Rehburg (R-Mt) recently introduced two wolf delisting bills. You thought those bills died with the 111th Congress? Think again. This is the 112th Congress and he’s after wolves again in Montana, Idaho and the rest of the country. There are two versions. One delists all gray wolves from the ESA and the other delists wolves in Montana and Idaho.

Better get your dialing fingers ready and your puter keyboards warmed up because wolf persecution is a full-time job with these people. They want to get their hands on wolves so they can manage/shoot/kill, them to please their elk hunting and ranching buddies.

They’re gearing up for their lost wolf hunting season and can’t waste another minute to strip gray wolves from the ESA.

Are we going to allow  this to  happen or are we going to raise our voices and let Congress know the majority of Americans support wolves? Are we going to allow special interests  to dictate policy based on political whim?

Get ready Wolf Warriors. It’s time to stand for gray wolves, one more time.

Please let these Representatives know how you feel about delisting wolves from the ESA.


Wolf persecution bill HR 509:

The one-page bill says that the Endangered Species Act shall not apply to gray wolves – across the board.


Jim Matheson (D-UT)

Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)

Mike Ross (D-AR)

Rob Bishop (R-UT)

Leonard Boswell (D-IA)

Dan Boren (D-OK)

Paul Broun (R-GA),

Dennis Cardoza (D-CA)

Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)

Dean Heller (R-NV)

John Kline (R-MN)

Raul Labrador (R-ID)

Mike Simpson (R-ID)

Greg Walden (R-OR)

Don Young (R-AK)


Wolf Persecution bill HR 510

To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit treatment of gray wolves in Idaho and Montana as endangered species, and for other purposes.


Mike Simpson (R-Idaho)

Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho)


Both Bills have been referred to the House of Rep Natural Resources Sub-Committee.

From Wolf Warriors:

United States House of Representatives
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
…Phone: (202) 225-2761
Fax: (202) 225-5929

Please direct all press inquiries to the Communications Office at: (202) 226-9019

Subcommittee: Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs

140 Cannon House Office Building
(202) 226-0200 | Fax: (202) 225-1542

Harry Burroughs, Staff Director
Bonnie Bruce, Legislative Staff
Dave Whaley, Legislative Staff

US Congressman John C. Fleming, MD (R-LA) Chairperson
Phone – 202-225-2777
FAX – 202-225-8039
Shreveport, LA
Phone: (318) 798-2254
Fax: (318) 798-2063
eMail –

Don Young – (R – Alaska)
Washington DC
Phone – (202) 225-5765
FAX – (202) 225-0425
Anchorage, AK
T (907) 271-5978
F (907) 271-5950
email – (scroll down)

Wittman, Rob – (R – VA)
Washington DC
Phone – (202) 225-4261
Fax – (202) 225-4382
Yorktown, VA
Phone: (757) 874-6687
Fax: (757) 874-7164
Email –

Duncan, Jeff (R- SC)
Washington DC
Phone: (202) 225-5301
Fax: (202) 225-3216
Aiken, SC
Phone: (803) 649-5571
Fax: (803) 648-9038
eMail –

Southerland, Steve (R-FL)
Phone: (202) 225-5235
Fax: (202) 225-5615
Panama City
840 W. 11th Street, Suite 2250
Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: (850) 785-0812
Fax: (850) 763-3764
eMail –

Bill Flores (R-Texas)
Phone: (202) 225-6105
Fax: (202) 225-0350
Phone: (254) 732-0748
Fax: (254) 732-1755

Harris, MD, Andy (R- Maryland)
Washington DC
Phone: (202) 225-5311
Fax: (202) 225-0254

Jeffrey Landry (R- LA)
Phone: (202) 225-4031
Fax: (202) 226-3944
Phone: (985) 879-2300
Fax: (985) 879-2306

Jon Runyan (NJ)
Washington DC
Phone: (202) 225-4765
Fax: (202) 225-0778
Mount Laurel
Phone: (856) 780-6436
Fax: (856) 780-6440


Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands)
Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Areas
Washington, D.C.
Phone: 202-225-1790
Fax: 202-225-5517
St. Croix
Phone: 340-778-5900
Fax: 340-778-5111

Bordallo, Madeleine Z. (D – Guam) (and previous Chair)
Washington, D.C. office

Phone (202) 225 1188
Fax(202) 226 0341 fax
eMail –

Frank Pallone, Jr. (D- New Jersey)
Phone: (202) 225-4671
Fax: (202) 225-9665
Central New Jersey
Phone: (732) 249-8892
Phone: (732) 571-1140
(888) 423-1140

Dale Kildee (D-Michigan)
Washington, D.C.
Phone: (202) 225-3611
Fax: (202) 225-6393
Toll Free to Michigan Offices: 1-800-662-2685

Eni Faleomavaega (D -American Samoa)
Washington DC
Phone: (202) 225-8577
Fax: 202-225-8757
American Samoa
phone: (684) 633-1372
Fax: (684) 633-2680

Gregorio C. Sablan (D – Northern Mariana Islands At large)
Washington, D.C.
Phone: (202) 225-2646
Toll Free Phone: (877) 446-3465
Fax: (202) 226-4249

Betty Sutton (D-Ohio)
Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 225-3401
Fax: (202) 225-2266
Akron, OH
Phone: (330) 865-8450
Fax: (330) 865-8470

Pedro Pierluisi (D-Puerto Rico)
Washington, D.C.
Tel: (202) 225-2615
Fax: (202) 225-2154




Please contact members of the sub-committee and speak out about tampering with the ESA to remove gray wolves’ protections. This is political expediency pure and simple. Science should trump politics concerning decisions related to endangered wildlife. That’s why the ESA was created to protect wildlife like the wolf, who are subjected to scapegoating and persecution. Don’t allow politicians to dismantle one of the most important pieces of environmental legislation ever  written. Stand up and speak out for wolves!



Posted in: Endangered Species Act, gray wolf/canis lupus

Tags: Attack on the ESA, Congress, persecuting gray wolves

Published in: on January 28, 2011 at 1:07 am  Comments (16)  
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Wolf Warriors the time is now. There isn’t a more important moment to save wolves then right now. The anti-wolf forces in Congress are lining up to strip gray wolves from the endangered species act. We must stop this!! Please call your US Senators and Congressman but don’t stop there, call EVERY US Senator and Congressman. Flood the capital phone lines. Here’s the number. (202) 224- 3121

Everything we’ve worked for to protect wolves could be gone in a flash. Wolves will be left to the mercy of the states, there will be slaughter.

Not only call Senators and Congressman but President Obama. His Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, is supporting western governors who want to bypass the courts and press for legislation that will strip gray wolves of their ESA protections FOREVER.

We must rally the way wolves do to show confidence in our knowledge that we can win this battle. Powerful forces are behind this latest assault on wolves. The usual suspects ranchers, hunters and outfitters are involved but behind the scenes Sportsmen For (Killing) Fish and Wildlife and The Safari Club to name just a few, I’m sure are the pulling strings. We’ve known for some time the Safari Club would love to see the ESA gutted .

A View To A Kill

How Safari Club Int’l Works To Weaken ESA Protections
By Michael Satchell
The Humane Society of the United States

We know what we’re up against. We can’t let them kill America’s wolves. Wolves don’t belong to them, neither do grizzlies or any of our wildlife. Our wildlife belongs to no man. What right do these people have to take away wildlife watchers ability to view animals in their natural state, meaning not dead.

President Obama do you want to go down in history as the President who gutted the ESA? What political advantage will this accomplish for you, besides firing up the environmental community to never vote for you ever again and tarnish your legacy? Think about what you will be doing to our wildlife if you let your rancher Interior Secretary team up with the anti-wolf forces? You have the ability to stop this insanity. Please do!!!

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According to a November 29 article in the Washington Post, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made a back-room pledge to Western governors yesterday that the administration will back congressional efforts to strip gray wolves of their endangered species status.

Salazar also issued a public statement yesterday that he supported legislative delisting for gray wolves. The Endangered Species Act requires that decisions on delisting be based on the best available science, and never before has a species been taken off the endangered species list by an act of Congress that would amend the act.

This hugely disappointing idea coming from an administration that has made promises to base decisions on science violates the integrity of the Endangered Species Act by setting a destructive precedent for removing endangered species protections from any animal that faces political opposition.

Supporters of wolves and other wildlife need to flood the White House and their U.S. Senators with protests against the Secretary’s plan to use Congress for an end-run around the Endangered Species Act.

Please, call or write right away and tell everyone you know to do the same. None of our wildlife is safe if the Obama administration is willing to let political considerations trump science and law.

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The US Senate is moving legislation that would bypass the courts and lead to the mass killing of endangered wolves. It could pass in the next two weeks.

Please call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at: (202) 224- 3121. Ask to be connected to the offices of your two senators. Staffers in your senators’ offices will be happy to register your opinion.

Urge your senators to protect wolves by opposing the Baucus-Tester bill (S.3864: “Restoring State Wildlife Management Act of 2010”) — and any other bill that would remove wolves from the Endangered Species List.

Be sure to tell your senators to oppose any attempt to attach the Baucus-Tester bill to a spending bill.

These calls will take only a few minutes of your time but could help spell the difference between life and death for wolves across the Northern Rockies.

Do NOT assume that your senators will defend wolves because they are pro-wildlife or pro-environment. Many such senators will be under tremendous pressure to support this measure if it is attached to a spending bill.

This bill is a blatant attempt to bypass court orders and good science, which say that wolves should remain on the Endangered Species List, protected from mass killing, until they’re fully recovered.

Congress has never before removed an animal from the Endangered Species List. The Baucus-Tester bill will not only lead to the slaughter of wolves, it will set a terrible precedent by replacing scientific judgment with political calculation — undermining the very basis of the Endangered Species Act.

The return of wolves to Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies is one of America’s greatest conservation success stories. Don’t let Congress turn that success into slaughter.

Please stand up for wolves by calling your senators today!!

Peter Lehner
Executive Director

Please call your two senators today and register your opposition — for the sake of wolf survival!



Take A Stand Against Anti-Wolf Proposals in Congress

Members of Congress like Texas’s Chet Edwards and Montana’s Denny Rehberg have introduced legislation aimed at limiting federal efforts to ensure a healthy future for wolves.

These lawmakers are threatening not only the viability of wolves in the Northern Rockies, but the very foundation of the Endangered Species Act.

Sign our petition now and let Congress know that science, not politics should guide management of America’s wolves….





 U.S. wants to lift protections for wolf and grizzly


Governors seek ‘road map’ for N. Rockies wolves


The Associated Press
Monday, November 29, 2010; 7:59 PM


Photos: Courtesy Western Watersheds Project, NRDC,

 Posted in: Wolf Wars, Endangered Species Act

Tags: Dire Emergency for wolves, Attack on the ESA, stripping gray wolves of their Esa protections, Ken Salazar, Western Governors, Obama Administration letting wolves down

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