Tag Archives: secretary Jewell

Wisconsin Wolf Population Plummets

A a report in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel cited preliminary estimates released by the state’s Department of Natural Resources showing a nineteen percent decline in the state’s wolf population in the last year. Increased hunting and trapping resulted in the killing of 257 wolves in Wisconsin in 2013, up from 117 in 2012. This left the state with somewhere between 650 and 700 wolves statewide. That number is down from nearly 850 in 2012. In its federally-approved management plan, the state… Continue reading

Kids to Secretary Jewell: Follow the Science

Last week we posted a video reply from the young person  Secretary Jewell referenced in a public appearance in Washington, DC. She asked Secretary Jewell to follow the science and to keep wolves protected. The group Kids 4 Wolves followed that with their own amazing video. Watch: You can speak out for wolves and ask Secretary Jewell to follow the science .  

It’s about science — a 13 year-old responds to Secretary Jewell

Last month, we posted a video of Interior Secretary Jewell speaking at an event at the Center for American Progress.  During that event, she was asked a question about her proposal to eliminate Endangered Species Act protections for most of the nation’s gray wolves. In response, she recounted being asked by a young person in Rhode Island not to delist wolves. The young person’s name is Alyssa Grayson and she recorded the a video reply to Secretary Jewell, once again… Continue reading

Independent Peer Review Panel Rejects Science Behind Secretary Jewell’s Proposal to Delist Wolves

The Endangered Species Coalition and many other organizations in the conservation community have long contended that Secretary Jewell’s proposal to kick wolves off the Endangered Species List is unscientific and deeply flawed. It is a plan based on political science in place of sound conservation science—as is called for by the Endangered Species Act. Now, a peer review committee commissioned by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has concurred in determining that science does not support the plan. Secretary… Continue reading

The Wolf Called OR7

This is a guest post from Jane  Braxton  Little.  She writes about science and the environment from her base in northern California.   The Wolf Called OR7 The   First   in   California   Since   1924 From my back door, the Pine and Douglas fir forest begins a gradual rise, steepening as it climbs the slopes of Dyer Mountain to the lookout tower, where I watched for fires one summer. Lake Almanor shimmers below, fringed with wet meadows and stands of timber that march toward the volcanic slopes… Continue reading

200 Business Leaders Sign Letter Supporting Wolves

By Amanda Milster Over the past few months we have seen conservationists, scientists, and others calling for continued the protection of wolves. Now, over 200 business leaders have added their voices by signing a letter addressed to Secretary Jewell, Director of the USFWS Dan Ashe, and President Obama asking them not to abandon gray wolves.  This letter was submitted as part of the public comment period on December 17. We know that wolves are vital for healthy ecosystems and are… Continue reading

Howls of protest light up Interior

Tuesday, December 17th was the end of the public comment period around the proposed delisting of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act and the Endangered Species Coalition delivered our message with aplomb. Along with our member groups the Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Action, and NRDC,  we assembled at the park opposite the Department of Interior for a what would become a candlelight vigil observing–what could be if Secretary Jewell doesn’t reverse course–the end of wolf recovery. The current… Continue reading

Mission Unaccomplished: Finish the Job on Wolves

If your employer asked you to complete a very important 50-part project and you came back to her with six parts achieved, would you call that a success? Interior Secretary Jewell and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service seemingly would, as they are attempting to declare virtually all of the nation’s gray wolves recovered and strip them of Endangered Species Act protections. When wolves were placed on the Endangered Species List in 1974, there was no mention of bringing them… Continue reading

Standing for Wolves in Washington, DC

On Monday September 30th, we gathered along with several of our member organizations and hundreds of supporters for a rally outside the Department of Interior prior to heading inside to make our voices heard against Secretary Jewell’s plan to delist wolves.   At the rally outside, Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) spoke in support of protecting wolves under the Endangered Species Act until they’d sufficiently recovered. In his impassioned address, Representative DeFazio noted the beneficial impacts wolves have, not just on… Continue reading

FWS grants wolf delisting a (very) temporary reprieve

Early today, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced that the time period allowed for the public to comment on their proposal to strip wolves of Endangered Species Act protections is being extended 45 days. Additionally, they will be holding public, in-person hearings in 3 locations: September 30, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in Washington, DC. October 2, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m in Sacramento, California. October 4, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in… Continue reading