All imperiled wildlife could soon be under fire due to the “Trump Extinction Plan,” a series of virulent regulatory rollbacks to the Endangered Species Act. But few species are threatened with such immediate and exceptionally cruel consequences as endangered gray wolves.
Beginning in 2011, gray wolves were stripped of federal protections in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming; since then, trophy hunters and trappers have killed nearly 3,500 wolves. Now the administration wants to remove protections for wolves across the entire contiguous United States.
The Trump administration would like to hide its unpopular anti-wildlife agenda under political cover from governors across the West and elsewhere. Don’t let them get away with this — urge your governor to stand up for the Endangered Species Act and for wolf recovery by opposing this national wolf-delisting plan.
The Endangered Species Act allowed wolves to begin the process of recovery after decades of being trapped, shot, and poisoned to the brink of extinction, but they remain functionally extinct in the vast majority of their former range.
Wolf extinction spells disaster for wolves’ native habitat. The presence of wolves is vital to maintaining the balance of their ecosystems. They keep elk and deer populations in check, stopping herds from overgrazing and allowing trees and grasses to grow wider and taller, which in turn allows other animals down the food chain to flourish. Wolves are essential for a strong and resilient ecosystem.
But the damage wrought by the Trump Extinction Plan won’t stop with wolves. This attack on the Endangered Species Act will launch a series of efforts by the administration to slash protections for our most vulnerable wildlife. Since the Endangered Species Act was enacted, 99 percent of listed species have survived and hundreds more have been set on a path to recovery — don’t let this administration reverse that progress now.
Urge your governor to oppose this attack on wolves and the Endangered Species Act. Tell them to stand up for wolves and all species that are threatened with extinction.