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.
- Guardians 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 the wild.
- In New Mexico, Guardians is advocating leghold traps be outlawed on public lands. Since 1998, 14 Mexican wolves in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area have been caught in indiscriminate and inhumane traps set by private trappers.
- 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.
- Guardians advocates voluntary grazing permit retirement as a way to reduce conflicts with wolves and better ensure their recovery.
- In 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.
- Throughout 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 wolf recovery.
- Guardians and volunteers marched in wolf costume in six Pride Parades in New Mexico and Colorado in 2014.
- Guardians 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.
- Guardians 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.
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.