Heartbreaking News! Trump Administration Announces Removal Of Gray Wolf Protections In 48 States

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced plans to strip gray wolves of Endangered Species Act protections across the lower 48 states.

If finalized, the proposal will allow trophy hunting and trapping of wolves in the Great Lakes States. It will slow or completely halt recovery of wolves in more of their former range.

“This disgusting proposal would be a death sentence for gray wolves across the country,” Collette Adkins, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “The Trump administration is dead set on appeasing special interests that want to kill wolves. We’re working hard to stop them.”

The proposal would remove federal protections for all gray wolves, with the exception of Mexican gray wolves, which are listed separately under the Endangered Species Act.

Congress stripped wolves in Idaho and Montana of protections in 2011, and the Fish and Wildlife Service stripped protection from Wyoming wolves in 2017. This led to the killing of thousands of wolves and cessation of further recovery in these states.

The Fish and Wildlife Service also removed protections for gray wolves in the Great Lakes region in 2011, allowing trophy hunting and trapping seasons in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, but the courts restored protections in 2014.

“The courts have repeatedly slammed the Fish and Wildlife Service for prematurely removing wolf protections, but the agency has now come back with its most egregious scheme yet,” continued Adkins. “The livestock industry and trophy hunters want wolves dead, but we’ll make sure the feds fulfill their obligation to restore wolves across the country.”

Gray wolf numbers in these states have only recently recovered to pre-hunt numbers. These hunts will start anew if the Trump administration’s proposal is finalized.

Volunteer wolf advocates around the nation are also gathering this week to oppose the Trump administration’s plans. The “Wild for Wolves” events are a part of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Call of the Wild Campaign. More information is available HERE!

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