In spite of the majority of residents who want wolves, Utah officials, including Governor Gary Herbert, State Legislators, and the Utah Wildlife Board, are refusing to allow wolves to return to the state.
And the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has the responsibility and authority to restore and recover endangered Mexican gray wolves, is allowing state politics, rather than the best available science, to limit where and how many wolves are allowed to live.
This event is part of a Four State Day of Action for wolves on January 14th.
Your presence is important to demonstrate Utahns’ strong support for wolves to the media and decision-makers.
Utah legislators have spent hundreds of thousands in taxpayer funds to lobby for removing wolves’ Endangered Species Act protections.
Utah officials figured prominently in a scientific integrity complaint filed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility accusing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of allowing state political pressure to interfere with sound science in Mexican wolf recovery planning.
And in November, 2015, Governor Gary Herbert joined the Governors of Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico in sending a letter urging Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and US Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe to place state political agendas above the Mexican wolf recovery criteria outlined by top wolf experts.
Please stand for wolves at the press conference on January 14th. A strong show of support is critical at this time.
Signs are encouraged. Suggested sign slogans include:
Mexican Wolves Are Essential
Utah Wants Wolves
Wolves Need Utah
Mexican Wolves — An Essential Part of the Southwest
I Love Wolves and I Vote
I (Heart) Wolves
Wolves — An Essential Part of Western Heritage
Save the Lobos
More Wolves — Less Politics
Return the Wolf — Restore the Balance
You can also help by calling or emailing Governor Herbert.
Tell him/his staff that as a Utah resident and wolf supporter, you are disappointed in his actions to obstruct wolf recovery. Ask him to respect the peer-reviewed research of the Mexican gray wolf science and planning subgroup and to allow wolves to return to Utah, for their own sake and for the sake of the lands they will help restore.
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