Thanks to thousands of calls, emails, visits, and endless pressure from Endangered Species Coalition activists and member organizations, Congress will pass a funding bill without any poison pill riders.
Great Lakes wolves are the primary beneficiary–maintaining Endangered Species Act protections. Legislation that would have stripped these wolves of these crucial safeguards was kept off of the spending bill thanks to that activist pressure and the efforts of Congressional leaders including Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Tom Udall (D-NM), and Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD); and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ).
Litigation is still pending that could result in the overturning of the decision to protect wolves in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, but for now, this is a big win for wolves. Had they been delisted by Congress, these states could have set wolf hunting and trapping seasons immediately, threatening to unravel years of conservation efforts to bring these wolves back.
If you use Twitter, click to thank Rep. Pelosi; Rep. Hoyer; Rep. McCollum; Rep. Frelinghuysen; Sen. Leahy; Sen. Durbin; Sen. Schumer; and Sen. Udall for keeping riders such as the GL wolf delisting amendment off of the spending bill or send them an email through their websites. (Sen. Schumer; Sen. Durbin, Sen. Udall; Sen. Leahy; Rep. Pelosi; Rep. Frelinghuysen; Rep. Hoyer; Rep. McCollum)