Action is required. Sadly, the persecution continues from 1627 when the story “Little Red Riding Hood” was introduced. Time is overdue to establish a new mindset. Call the White House, call our representatives (you know who they are) and let your voice be heard about the removal of the gray wolf from the endangered species list.

Contact the Center for Biological Diversity and Endangered Species Coalition and ask what you can do to prevent this proposal, made by U.S. Fish and Wildlife. The thinking of Fish and Wildlife is to “return management of the species to the states and tribes.” Jamie Rappaport Clark, a former director of Fish and Wildlife Service, now with the Defenders of Wildlife, says protections are needed to prevent “an all-out war on wolves” in states that would allow them to be hunted.

Idaho does not have a history of endearment towards wolves. The Center for Biological Diversity says that gray wolf numbers have only recently recovered in certain regions, and the proposed rule would be dire for their prospects elsewhere. Other conservation groups say the gray wolf is found in just a small portion of its former territory. You may ask, why keep them on the ESL? These magnificent and stunning animals play a key role in our ecosystem. They help keep deer and elk populations in check. They have families, like you and me, and deserve respect. The carcasses of their prey help to provide food for other wildlife species, like grizzly bears and scavengers. Wolf tourism is an economic boon. Restoration of wolves in Yellowstone has cost about $30 million, but it’s brought in $35.5 million annual net benefit to the area surrounding the park. Just a few reasons.

Take action. Educate yourself. Do something. Today. Include why they are important to you and crucial to America’s natural heritage. Thank you for doing what you have the right to do. Speak out.

Alexandra Delis-Abrams, Ph.D.

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