Target: Daniel M. Ashe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Stop removing Mexican gray wolves from the wild.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently removed one of the few remaining Mexican gray wolves from the wild. Mexican gray wolves are one of the most endangered mammals in the United States, and just this year, they’ve experienced 11 deaths and one other removal. Now, there are only 97 wolves left in the wild. Because of this, every wolf removed from the wild puts the species closer to extinction.
There have been a number of Mexican gray wolves removed from their native habitat of Arizona and New Mexico, most often in response to cattle death. There are many ways that ranchers could protect their cattle without the USFWS having to remove or even kill the wolves. Plus, research shows that non-lethal protection methods are more effective than removing or killing wolves. Unfortunately, the USFWS does not require ranchers to use non-lethal methods to protect their cattle from the wolves, which often results in tragic and unnecessary wolf deaths and removals.
To prevent the Mexican gray wolf from going extinct, the USFWS must stop removing them from their natural habitat. Sign this petition to tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that you want these wolves to remain in the wild where they belong.
Dear Director Ashe,
In November, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service chose to remove one of the few remaining Mexican gray wolves from the wild. With this removal, there are just 97 of these wolves left in the wild. Because of this, every animal removed from the wild pushes this rare subspecies of wolf closer to extinction.
One of the reasons why Mexican gray wolves keep getting removed from the wild is because of reported cattle attacks. However, research has shown that non-lethal cattle protection methods are more effective than removing or killing wolves. The USFWS should try working with ranchers to help them implement non-lethal types of protection.
To ensure that the Mexican gray wolf does not go extinct, I urge you to stop taking them out of their natural habitat. If this rare subspecies of wolf is going to survive, there cannot be anymore removals.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Tony Hisgett