Pacific Northwest Wolf recovery is just beginning, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is deliberating the proposed removal of nearly all federal Endangered Species Act protections for all gray wolves in the lower 48 states. Without federal protection recovery efforts in the Pacific Northwest would be nearly impossible.
Take Action: Let the Service know that we need to maintain federal protections for wolves and create a Pacific Wolf Recovery Zone, which would help enable wolves to return to Washington, Oregon and California.
Do you remember OR-7 (Journey), the iconic wolf who traveled over 1,000 miles from eastern Oregon to northern California to become the state’s first wolf in over 80 years? Without federal protections, and no certainty of state protections, Journey may have a target on his back.
In Idaho, Wyoming and Montana more than 800 wolves have been killed, gunned down and trapped since wolf management decisions were turned over to the states.
The long-term viability of wolves in the western states is in jeopardy!
* Idaho: April 2011
* Montana: April 2011
* Wyoming: September 30, 2012
Latest Posted Idaho Wolf Hunt Kill total: 116
Latest Posted Idaho Wolf Trapping Kill total: 7
Latest Posted Montana Wolf Hunt Kill Total: 92
Wyoming Wolf Kill Total: 58
Western Regional Total Reported Killed This Year: 273
Western Regional Total Reported Killed Since Delisting: 818
Current Known Population of Wolves in the Pacific Northwest:
Washington State: 27 wolves
Oregon: 59 wolves
California: 1 wolf
Please take action and share it with your friends, demand that wolves retain the federal protection they need to ensure their recovery in the wild.