National Wolf Emergency

Submit Comments - Gray Wolves

The comment period for this proposal is now closed. It will be some time before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues their decision. In the meantime, we continue to work across the country to protect wolves, and to increase tolerance for this majestic predator.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required by law to accept public comments before they can make their final decision on this misguided proposal. Defenders plans to use this 90 day comment period to organize strong and vocal opposition from supporters like you to make sure the decision makers in Washington hear what America thinks about the premature delisting of gray wolves.

Here are some important points you could include in your comments:

  • Gray wolf recovery is not complete. This decision could derail wolf recovery efforts in areas around the country where it has barely begun — in places like the Pacific Northwest and in states that possess some of the nation's best unoccupied wolf habitat, such as northern California, Colorado, and Utah.

  • Delisting would prematurely turn wolf management over to the states. We've already seen what can happen when rabid anti-wolf politics are allowed to trump science and core wildlife management principles.

  • Montana, Wyoming and Idaho — where wolves have already been delisted — are not managing wolves like other wildlife such as elk, deer, and bears. Instead they're intending to drive the wolves' population numbers back down to the bottom.

  • Other species, such as the bald eagle, American alligator and peregrine falcon, were declared recovered and delisted when they occupied a much larger portion of their former range. Wolves deserve the same chance at real recovery.

This comment period is a chance for you to make your voice heard!
Submit your comments and encourage all those you know to do the same.


If you prefer to submit your comments in hardcopy, send them by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to:

Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R2-ES-2013-0056
Division of Policy and Directives Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM
Arlington, VA 22203

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