Target: U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell
Goal: Thank Judge Howell for relisting gray wolves as an endangered species
Thanks to the efforts of wildlife advocates, the gray wolves of the Great Lakes region have been relisted as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Relisting wolves serves to federally protect them from hunting, which is a big win for Wisconson’s dwindling wolf population. After allegedly inaccurate population counts and continued hunting and trapping, animal activists were concerned about the state’s population due to more than 400 wolves being legally hunted over only two hunting seasons. With the relisting, this legal hunting has ended for the time being and Wisconsin has had to shelve its wolf management plan indefinitely.
As top predators, wolves are a vital part of the ecosystem that helps keeps grazing mammal populations in check. Thanks to centuries of misinformation, wolves are seen as dangerous to humans, but wolves generally avoid people unless they are sick. Though they may prey on livestock, this predation is usually opportunistic and impossible to entirely eliminate unless the wolves themselves are eliminated, which would have devastating consequences on local ecosystems.
Wildlife advocates have bought more time for wolves in Wisconsin thanks to petitions like this one. More time means more can be done to prevent the extinction of these beautiful and important animals, and Wisconsin can look into the allegedly inaccurate population counts. Thank Judge Beryl Howell for choosing to relist wolves, preventing them from further hunting in several Great Lakes states.
Dear Judge Howell,
Wolves are a vital part of any ecosystem, and relisting them as an endangered species is an important step toward ensuring their continued survival. Delisting wolves in 2012 was a premature move that opened wolves up to overhunting, particularly given the continued pervasive attitudes that wolves are a serious danger to humans. Now that they are no longer threatened by hunting, the wolf population can continue to grow to sustainable levels, at which point natural population control will fall into place.
Thank you for your commitment to the safety of the Great Lakes states’ wolf population. Without top predators like wolves, populations of other animals may grow out of control and wreak havoc on vegetation and even cause accidents, as deer do. Relisting wolves protects them while states like Wisconsin figure out how to manage populations responsibly, without relying on unchecked hunting. Hopefully, this time will help people understand the role that wolves play in any ecosystem and we can work toward preserving these populations in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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