Wolves Poised to Lose Endangered Species Act Protections
Decades of Recovery Efforts at Risk
Washington, DC: The Department of Interior today proposed removing gray wolves from the endangered species list. The proposal would strip Endangered Species Act protections from wolves across nearly the entire lower-48 states despite the fact that there are still few, if any, wolves in the vast majority of their former range.
In response Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune issued the following statement.
"Wolf recovery has been one of our greatest Endangered Species Act success stories, but stopping now before the population is fully recovered will negate the decades of hard work that have gone into bringing wolves back from the brink of extinction. Without federal protections this symbol of our wild heritage will slide back into harm's way.
We've seen the brutal assault on wolves that followed the loss of federal protections in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Increasingly hostile anti-wolf policies by states in charge of ensuring wolves' survival don't bode well for the future of this majestic creature.
Now is the time that we should be pressing in to finish the job of wolf recovery, not abandoning wolves to the same kinds of destructive forces that endangered them in the first place. We urge the administration to preserve protections for these amazing animals until the success story is complete."