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In the News: Wyoming wolves to lose Endangered Species Act protection

Chicago Tribune, August 31, 2012 (posted 9/2/12)

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While this terrible decision does not directly reduce Mexican gray wolves’ Endangered Species Act protections, it is part of an ongoing pattern of eroding protections for wolves everywhere. We support and are grateful to the many organizations and individuals fighting to save these wolves.
-Lobos of the Southwest

By Laura Zuckerman | Reuters

JACKSON, Wyoming (Reuters) - Gray wolves in Wyoming, the last still federally protected in the northern Rockies, will lose endangered species status at the end of next month, opening them to unregulated killing in most of the state, the U.S. government said on Friday.

The planned delisting of Wyoming's estimated 350 wolves caps a steady progression of diminishing federal safeguards for a predator once hunted, trapped and poisoned to the brink of extinction throughout most of the continental United States.

The short article above appeared on the Chicago Tribune website.


From Defenders of Wildlife:

More than 60 percent of Wyoming's wolves -- including pups -- could be wiped out within a year.

These are desperate times for wolves, and they call for swift, powerful action. That's why Defenders of Wildlife is preparing a legal offensive to reverse the delisting of wolves in Wyoming.

Defenders of Wildlife’s Jamie Clark addresses the situation in this video.
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Photo credit: Mexican wolf photo (captive) by Robin Silver