Dear friend, Tomorrow, Wyoming is scheduled to open up even more of their state to the unlimited killing of wolves. This means that between now and October, wolves can be killed at will in a large portion of some of the best wolf habitat in the state. Defenders is taking the U.S. Department of Interior to court to restore Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection for wolves in Wyoming. Please support our efforts with a generous contribution today. -- Jamie
An estimated 1,084 wolves have been killed in the Northern Rockies since Congress stripped gray wolves of their Endangered Species Act protection in 2011. Whole packs, including mothers and pups, have fallen to hunters' bullets, snares and traps in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Now, under a plan supported by the Obama Administration, Wyoming is scheduled to open even more of their state to the unlimited killing of wolves starting March 1st. This means that between now and October, in a large portion of some of the best wolf habitat in the state, wolves can be killed at will. Please help with an emergency donation to save the wolves of Wyoming and other wildlife
This is especially tragic given that spring is denning season. This expanded hunt puts the most vulnerable population of wolves – pups and pregnant or nursing mothers – in greater danger of being shot on sight. This kill-at-will approach is exactly the kind of flawed policy we knew would happen if wolves prematurely lost their Endangered Species Act protection – this is why Defenders is suing the U.S. Department of Interior to restore Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection for wolves in Wyoming. Please donate now to support our litigation to protect Wyoming wolves -- and protect the wildlife and special places you care about. We've witnessed firsthand what happens when the fate of wolves is turned over to states with extreme anti-wolf plans in place. In just two years more than 1,000 wolves are dead from hunting, snares and trapping. This accelerated killing clearly shows how states like Wyoming are treating wolves like vermin to be eliminated, not as wildlife to be managed responsibly, and why we need your help to support our efforts to fight the Wyoming delisting decision in court! There is no reason to allow this many wolves to be killed. It's 100% rabid, anti-wolf politics that is driving state management. Make no mistake – there is a war on wolves. These magnificent and misunderstood top predators need our help. Defenders of Wildlife is America's premier advocacy organization working to protect endangered wildlife. Our science and legal teams are renowned in the field. We are the voice of wildlife in Washington – and we are your voice as well. We will not let politics get in the way of our work for wolves. Your urgent support today will make a big difference. Thanks for your continuing support, Sincerely,
Jamie Rappaport Clark President Defenders of Wildlife P.S. Wolves are under assault — please make an emergency giftto support our work to protect wolves and other wildlife.