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This from National Resources Defense Council:

The gray wolf's extraordinary comeback from extinction in Greater Yellowstone is one of America's greatest environmental success stories. But the Bush Administration is now pushing a proposal that would authorize the killing of some 700 wolves — more than half of the current population in the northern Rockies. Speak out now for wolf protection and help shield the wolves of Wyoming and Idaho from the coming crossfire.

We must stop the Bush Administration's plan to declare open season on the wolves of Greater Yellowstone and central Idaho. Once approved, Wyoming and Idaho intend to begin exterminating up to half their gray wolves — by aerial gunning and other cruel methods — as early as this fall.

Submit your Official Citizen Comment, opposing this disastrous plan, before August 6.


Is it even necessary to justify an objection to this crazy, sick shit? Please, take a moment to read and sign the comment that's being sent Ed Bangs, Western Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator. You may find it here.

The statement is as follows:

I strongly oppose your recent wolf management proposal — the 10J rule — that would give states a license to kill wolves in areas where big game populations are below objective, possibly leading to the extermination of up to 700 wolves in Wyoming and Idaho combined. This would reverse the welcome gains in recovery of this magnificent species in the Greater Yellowstone and central Idaho regions.

I am especially outraged that your proposal would empower states to begin slaughtering wolves as early as this fall — even before wolves are taken off the Endangered Species list. It is scandalous that you are circumventing your agency's own process for delisting a species.

Wolves once thrived in much of the lower 48 states. Today, they reside in only five percent of their former range. If there is one place in this country where they should be allowed to flourish, it is in and around Yellowstone — our nation's oldest park — and the remote Selway Bitterroot ecosystem in central Idaho.

I urge you not to decimate a wolf population that has only recently sprung back to life and is world-renowned as a symbol of the American West.

I call on you to withdraw your proposal to allow the massive killing of wolves in the northern Rockies.


Please. And thank you.

Comments

( 5 comments — Have your say! )
elven_wolf
Jul. 29th, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
Gods, I am ill. Thank you for alerting us, I will definitely take part in the protest.
niamh_sage
Jul. 29th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
Signed, and pimped on my own LJ. I was just watching a program about the role of predators the other day. One of the case studies was the return of wolves to Yellowstone. It sickens me to think that some people are even considering undoing this important work.

opalexian
Jul. 29th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
Signed and reposted to my journal. Thanks for posting about this.
rowancat
Jul. 29th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
Copied to my own journal with your lj name clickable for backstory of earlier entries on this proposed butchery.
usagiko
Jul. 30th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
What the shit. The wolves aren't doing anything to harm people.

Once again, I'm really wanting to shove Bush out of office, but I guess me and a whole bunch more of people are just gonna have to twiddle our thumbs until next November.
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