Category Archives: wolves

The Midterm results could be the difference between extinction and conservation

The 2018 midterm election could determine the fate of the Endangered Species Act and how hard we have to fight to keep wolves, grizzly bears, and sage grouse safe from political attacks. What we and our neighbors do on November 6th could dictate the fate of endangered and threatened species for the next several years. By choosing to vote, we can take part in the most effective and meaningful individual action to protect plants, fish, and wildlife. Hopefully, you are… Continue reading

Wildlife Day at Capitols in the Great Lakes

On April 11, 2018 hundreds of wildlife advocates in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota gathered in solidarity at their state capitols to meet with lawmakers and speak for wolves and wildlife in the Great Lakes region! The day was filled positive action for wolves and wildlife, where nearly one hundred supporters rallied at the State Capitol buildings in Madison and Lansing. Legislators met with their constituents who urged them to protect the wolf for future generations by supporting wildlife-friendly legislation. (We joined… Continue reading

Because #LoboWeek: 20th Anniversary Edition!

There’s never been a time in my life when wolves weren’t my favorite animal.  I remember looking at a book about wolves when I was little. My dad and I were sitting in the car in my grandma’s driveway, waiting for my brother to jump in. I was looking at a picture of a snarling wolf.  I’d bet his teeth were as big as I was at that time. But I remember turning to my dad and proclaiming that I… Continue reading

U.S. Congress Rejects More than a Dozen Provisions to Weaken the Endangered Species Act

  Today the House of Representatives voted and passed an Omnibus appropriations bill that largely rejected new policy provisions or amendments that would have weakened the Endangered Species Act. The bill’s release follows weeks of intense pressure from conservation groups on behalf of imperiled wildlife and late-night negotiations in the House and Senate. 

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“Wolf” Delivers Letter from Businesses to U.S. Lawmakers Opposing Anti-wildlife Appropriations Riders

Conservation Groups Aim to Thwart Congressional Attack on Endangered Species Washington, DC – Representatives of conservation groups on Wednesday–along with Journey, the wolf mascot –delivered to lawmakers on Capitol Hill a letter opposing efforts to weaken protections for imperiled wildlife. The letter, which remains open, has already been signed by approximately 80 businesses expressing support for the Endangered Species Act and opposition to “any bill that would weaken protections for endangered species and their habitat.” The letter delivery comes as lawmakers debate several,… Continue reading

The Economic Cost of a Great Lakes Wolves Delisting Rider

By Melissa Smith and Lia Cheek Imagine Wisconsin losing a potential 168,000 jobs and $17.9 billion in consumer spending.  If the policy “rider” that aims to de-list Great Lakes wolves is included in Congress’s budget bill,  Wisconsin could see a severe drop in these numbers. Wolves are vital to our economy in both direct and indirect ways. If wolves are delisted by this rider, there is nothing to stop the Great Lakes from returning to the aggressive state management plans and broad… Continue reading

The Wisdom of Wolves

On March 6th, Jim and Jamie Dutcher released their new book, The Wisdom of Wolves: Lessons from the Sawtooth Pack (published by National Geographic). This book could not be more welcome, both as inspiration and educational tool, at this time of great uncertainty for America’s wolves.

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Will USFWS commit to red wolf recovery?

Red wolves are one of the most endangered species on the planet. While they once thrived across the southeastern United States, there are fewer than 45 red wolves alive in the wild today. Overly aggressive predator management actions drove them to be declared biologically extinct in the wild in 1980. Restoration attempts began later that decade with the release of four pairs of wolves in North Carolina. Those wolves grew the wild population gradually to around 100 in 2014 but political… Continue reading

LTE: Wisconsin Legislature Ignores Science Behind Sound Policies of Wolf Management

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018 the Committee on Natural Resources & Sporting Heritage held a Public Hearing on Assembly Bill 712. It garnered a great deal of attention because of its ill-conceived notion of “wolf management” while ignoring the science behind sound policies of management. Bill AB 712 would not allow the use of state funds to enforce laws pertaining to how wolves are managed. For the landowner/homeowner this means that wolves could be killed without consideration of location or… Continue reading

99 Percent Support Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery

Conservation Groups Review 100,000 Public Comments on Recovery Plan Of the more than 100,000 comments submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on the Mexican Wolf Draft Recovery Plan, more than 99 percent were in support of recovery, according to wildlife conservation organizations who reviewed the comments submitted this summer. “We wanted to be able to definitively say that the recovery of the Mexican gray wolf is important to Americans, and we can,” said Hailey Hawkins, Southern Rockies… Continue reading