Awesome News for Wolves

After the last few depressing posts I’ve written about endangered species and the world falling apart beneath our touch, I am happy to write something a bit more uplifting and sunshine-y.

Keep wolves protected under the ESALast week, a federal judge ruled that Wyoming wolves must be protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). They had been protected under the ESA until some unsavory, weak-minded people screwed up Wyoming’s wolf management plan, delisting them.

For two long, frustrating years, US Fish and Wildlife obliterated federal protections across most of the state of Wyoming and allowed for wolves and their pups to be shot, trapped, and gassed.

As a result, 219 wolves were killed, including wolves that crossed the border of Yellowstone National Park into Wyoming’s jurisdiction. Wolves that were wearing radio collars.

Wildlife conservation groups including Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Sierra Club filed a lawsuit claiming that the delisting violated the terms of the ESA. They were represented by counsel from Earthjustice–pro bono–because of the shared belief that decisions for wildlife and wild places should be based on law and science, not politics. Not big business.

Wolves need to be protected under the ESA


On a related note, I’d like to add more to the hurrah. Over 71,000 people signed a petition and submitted comments to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to increase protections and territory for the endangered Mexican gray wolf, of which there are fewer than 90 in the wild.

In a recent post, I shared with you a letter I wrote to an editor of a NM newspaper concerning this very issue. Knowing that over 71,000 people stood up for Mexican wolves is beyond outstanding, beyond remarkable. This kind of reaction proves to the government that there is major public support for lobo recovery.

Mexican wolves need to be protected and allowed to roam

Photo courtesy of Tim M Denny

“We’ve got to let wolves roam, find the best habitat with their own noses and paws — and frankly, we’ve got to stop the slaughter of wolves by both government and private citizens,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity.

The next few months will be a crucial time for Mexican wolves as we await the USFWS to reconsider the terms of their proposal and revise the current ruling.

I have done a lot of tweeting and chattering and harassing my Facebook and Twitter friends about the wolves. (Well, I’ve bugged friends about a lot of endangered animals, but let’s just stick with the wolf issue for now.) Many of my blogging pals are my friends on other social media outlets, where you’ve likely seen my rants and pleas for attention to issues close to my heart.

I know that most of you had no clue about the wolf situation until I started yakking about it, and you all have been gracious and patient with me. You showed interest and were supportive of my passion. Thank you for reading my posts and for adding your thoughts to the controversy surrounding wolves.

If any of you had gone to the trouble to sign petitions that I urged you to sign, to submit comments or write emails to top decision-makers, if you retweeted a tweet, shared a FB post, reblogged my posts, talked about it with a friend, donated money, or did anything at all to spread wolf love, you are on my A list.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


36 thoughts on “Awesome News for Wolves

    • Nicely said, Dennis. We take and take and take, and most often, we don’t give back nearly enough. We owe a hell of a lot to the wolves and hundreds of other species, not to mention many wild places.


  1. Great news. BTW–are you aware of or familiar with Brenda Peterson’s writing? She’s well known in the NW. Writes memoirs with a strong environmental bent. She wrote about the wolves in Yellowstone back when they were first re-introduced in the 1990s. Look her up if you haven’t read her–I think you’d like her a lot. She also happens to be one of my former writing teachers.


    • Jagoda, I think you may have mentioned Brenda Peterson to me in a previous post when I had written about wolves. I did look her up and checked out a couple of her books this past year. She’s a tremendous writer, and I love the connections she makes between the environment and humans.

      How lucky that you were one of her students. I bet that was a great experience.


    • Writing about their struggles is helpful to me because I wish I could do so much more. At least, this way, I’m able to raise awareness and concern among people who otherwise might not realize what is happening with them.


  2. When people work together, we really can make a difference. It’s just too easy to forget that fact in today’s world. Glad to hear there’s some good news for other species on the planet!


    • Hey JM, it is entirely too easy to forget the power we have when we work as a team. And when we do team up, there is less work for each individual, which I think is important as a recruiting message! 🙂 There is still a long way to go, especially for the Mexican wolf and the red wolf. However, the outcome for the Wyoming wolves is promising for all wolves. We’ll take it.


  3. Wolves are lucky to have you in their corner. I love your passion, sincerity, and heart over the matter. Most people are too busy looking at their Smart Phone and never make a difference like you. They are busy “liking” cute kitten pictures. Not that there is anything wrong with cute kittens, but you know what I mean.


  4. As I work in an industry where politics all too often shows the back of its hand to our cheek, I couldn’t just sit by and let nature feel that slap. 😦

    That’s great news about the Wyoming wolves, though. A friend of mine from college used to be the stud recorder of grey wolves at the National Zoo, so I’ve kept my ear to that rail for a while through her. I sometimes forget that there are other species – of the same genus – that are suffering just as much. All for big business or political clout.

    Humans only think we’re at the top of the food chain. Without tech, left to our own natural devices, we’d find ourselves much closer to the middle of the food web, where entire kingdoms depend on each other to survive. Hopefully, efforts like the ESA will remind more people of that fact.


  5. Great news Kate!! I’m so with you! Wolves are my soulmates too. There’s still much work to do but we’ll take it one victory at a time. (I didn’t know only 90 Mexican grey wolves in the wild :/ )
    – sorry I’m catching up on blogs but I’ve got a good reason 😉


  6. That’s all too rare and fabulous news. So glad to know it doesn’t always land on deaf ears. We have similar things going on in Oz, with our government trying to de-list natural world heritage sites etc. It’s a constant fight, but worth celebrating the wins 🙂


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