Howling for Wolves
WildEarth Guardians is working hard for wolves on the western
landscape by advocating legal protections for wolves on the ground, 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, in numbers sufficient to keep elk and deer alert and moving in a more
natural fashion and for native ecosystems to feel the ripple effect of a top
predator restored to former glory.
- 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.
- 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, tell the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ban trapping in the range of lobos in New Mexico, and advocate to release more captive lobos back into the wild.
photo credit: Gray Wolf: Ray Rafiti