Tag Archives: wolves

Representative DeFazio speaks out for wolves

Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR), a strong Congressional advocate for wolves, spoke out for wolves in an Op Ed published in the Eugene Weekly. In the piece, A Fight for Survival, Mr. DeFazio pushes back against the proposed delisting of gray wolves noting that,  “USFWS did not use the “best available science” and that they actively ignored data that conflicted with their own conclusions.” The highly controversial plan was released byt the USFWS over a year ago and has generated nearly… Continue reading

Is a Wolf Stamp the Solution in Montana?

Last week, ESC member group NRDC announced they were working with the state of Montana to enact policy that would create what’s being billed as a “wolf stamp” that could be purchased to help fund wolf-related programs. First, it’s important to note that the stamp is not final and that there could be changes to the plan in the rulemaking process. But, here’s what we know today: the proposal calls for the stamps to be offered for sale at $19… Continue reading

Killing Wolves: A Hunter-Led War Against Science and Wildlife

In this post from his blog, From the Wild Side, long-time backcountry hunter and western outdoor writer David Stalling strongly criticizes recent state-sponsored wolf-killing programs in Idaho. “We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then and have known ever since that there was something new to me in those eyes, something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then and full of trigger-itch; I… 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 .  

The Wolf of Main Street

By Beth Stewart China = pandas. India = Bengal tigers. Every continent has their share of beloved endangered species. But what about us? One of the world’s most beautiful and endangered animals lives right here in the good ole U.S.A. Head to Yellowstone and you’re practically guaranteed a sighting of this classic American icon – the gray wolf. Unfortunately, the wolf is not universally revered like the panda. Instead, it’s one of the most polarizing animals in this country. The… Continue reading

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

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