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
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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.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has pursued the same anti-wildlife goals he exhibited in his short time in Congress by using his two months as Interior Secretary to support the killing of hibernating bears in Alaska and rescind a rule that saves eagles and California condors from lead poisoning. With that dismal track record, he needed some positive press. To that end, Secretary Zinke is letting employees at the Department of Interior bring their dogs to work on two Fridays over… Continue reading
By Taylor Parker, contributing writer to Endangered Species Coalition. Congressman Steve Pearce introduced a 200-page bill over a mouse. Representative Pearce said he is trying to bring jobs to his district by stripping the New Mexican Meadow jumping mouse of protections. He is trying to sneak his bill in as a rider to H.R. 5538, a bill meant for funding the Department of the Interior. Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma has a bill to ban listing of the Lesser Prairie… Continue reading
In the history of western civilization, no animal has been as systematically vilified as the wolf. Neither spider nor snake, bat nor rat, nor shark of any kind, can make this claim.
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
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
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
As part of the national day of action for wolves, around 50 wolf-supporters from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. were at the White House, along with our spokeswolf, “Journey”. Journey, if you’re not familiar, is named after the Oregon-born wolf OR-7 who ventured into California last year marking the first wolf in that state in nearly a century. The gathered assembly of dedicated wolf supporters heard from a pair of inspiring young people who voiced their hopes that Secretary Jewell… Continue reading
Early last month, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) formally proposed removing Endangered Species Act protections from nearly all of the gray wolves in the country. Citing what they believed to be a job completed, the FWS announced that they intended to leave management of this historically-maligned species to the states. With so many populations still recovering, and individual wolves just now expanding their range into states where they’ve not been seen since the early twentieth century, this plan… Continue reading