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Howling for Wolves
WildEarth Guardians is working hard for wolves on the western
landscape by advocating for legal protections, pressing
for prompt wolf reintroduction, and protecting the wild places that wolves need.
WildEarth Guardians believes that wolves need the wild, and
the wild needs wolves.
We believe wolves should be allowed to work their ecological
magic. They should be present on the landscape in sufficient numbers to keep elk and deer alert and moving, allowing willow and aspen regrowth, supporting healthy streams and songbird habitat, and creating a host of other positive ripple effects throughout the ecosystem.
is on the ground building and mobilizing grassroots support for wolf
recovery in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.
- In the Southwest, Guardians has taken a series of actions
to improve the Mexican wolf’s status under the Endangered Species Act and to press for more Mexican wolf releases into
- In the Northern Rockies, Guardians has challenged plans to
strip away legal protections for wolves. Guardians has also challenged
individual wolf-killing plans.
- In the Southern Rockies, Guardians is pressing for the
return of the wolf, through reintroduction and safeguards for wolf habitat.
April 2014, Guardians brokered the first voluntary grazing permit
retirement on the Gila National Forest, returning nearly 50 square miles
of wolf country to the wild. We have another permit retirement agreement
signed and are collaborating with ranchers across the region to resolve
resource challenges and restore the Mexican wolf.
2014, Guardians tabled for wolves at 46 events in Utah, Colorado and New
Mexico, collecting 2,587 postcards asking Interior Sec. Sally Jewell to
maintain endangered species protection for wolves and taking 252 “Kids
Love Wolves” photos.
- In Colorado, Guardians has
established four “Wolf Pack” volunteer wolf advocacy groups (in Vail,
Boulder, Denver, and Pueblo) to build social and political support for
and volunteers marched in wolf costume in six Pride Parades in New Mexico
and Colorado in 2014.
rallied wolf supporters to testify at two Mexican wolf hearings; one in Pinetop,
Arizona, and one in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Pro-wolf speakers
outnumbered anti-wolf speakers 2 to 1.
arranged two educational ambassador wolf visits; one to the University of
New Mexico campus, and one to 6th-graders at the Bosque School
in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- In February 2012, Guardians helped convince the Montana
Fish, Wildlife, and Parks commission not to extend a wolf-hunting season in the
West Fork of the Bitterroot.
- In April 2011, Guardians secured a legal settlement on the
Gila National Forest in New Mexico that requires the Forest Service to more
carefully consider the needs of wolves in key areas.
- In August 2010, Guardians successfully compelled the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service to consider listing the Mexican wolf separately from
the gray wolf. The change could provide increased protections for the Mexican
wolf and a sharper focus on its recovery.
How you can help
One of the most powerful forces in the wolf’s corner is the
American public. Time and time again, public opinion has heartily supported the
return and protection of this iconic creature. Write a letter to the editor in support of wolves, and then tell the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ban trapping in the range of lobos in New Mexico.
Author and member Christine Baleshta, along with California artist Susanne Belcher, have published Looking for 527, the story of Yellowstone Wolf 527F whose collar Baleshta sponsored. The wolf was killed in Montana's first wolf hunt in 2009. All royalties from book sales are currently being donated directly to the Yellowstone Park Foundation.
wolf photo credit: Ray Rafiti