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Gray Wolf Letter Signed Final 3-4-13

Gray Wolf Letter Signed Final 3-4-13

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Letter from 52 members of Congress asking USFWS to maintain wolf protections
Letter from 52 members of Congress asking USFWS to maintain wolf protections

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The
HonorableDan Ashe
Director
U.S.Fish
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Wildlife
Service1849
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Street,
NW
Washington,
DC20240
Dear
Director
Ashe:We
understand
that
the
U.S. Fish
and
Wildlife
Service is
conducting
a
status
review
of
the
gray
wolf
under
the EndangeredSpecies
Act
that
may
removeprotections
for
graywolves
across
large
areas
of
the
lower
48 states.
The
reintroduction of
wolves
into
thenorthern
Rocky
Mountains
and
their
resurgence
in
the
westem
GreatLakes
region
havebeen
important
gains
for
a
species once
teetering
on the
brink
ofextinction,
and
the
U.S.Fish
and
Wildlife
Service shouldbe commended
for
itsprominent role
in
these
achievements
.
ln
otherparts
of their
former
range,
however,wolves
have
only barely
begun
to
recover.
In
particular,
wolves
have
only
j
ust begun
toreturn toportions
of
thePacific
Northwest, Califomia,
southemRocky Mountains
and
Northeast
and
continueto
need
protection in
these
areas
ifthey
are
to
truly recover.
It
is
our hope
thatyou
will
retain
Endangered Species
Act
protections
for
wolves in
these
areas.
A
blanketnational
delisting
ofthe
gray
wolf
would
be
prematureand
would
not
be
groundedin
peer-
reviewed
science.The
rebound
of
graywolves
in
the
westem
Great
Lakes
and
northem
Rocky
Mounøins
has
been
a
boon
for
local
economies,
wildlife
enthusiasts,
and
the ecosystems
of
these
areas
that
have
benefitted
from
the
retum
ofthis
keystone
predator.
Studies
in
Yellowstone
National
Park
found that
thepresence
of
wolvesbenefitted
a
myriad
of
species
from
pronghorn
antelope,
to
songbirds,
to
beavers and
fish.
While
thereis
much to
be
proudof,
there
remains
considerableprogtess
to
be made
towa¡ds
wolfrecovery
in
the
lower
48
states.
Inparticular,
we
are
concemed
that
the
same
prejudicetowards wolvesthat
led to
their
ext
þ
ation
across
nearly
the
entirecoterminous
United
States
is
still
present
today
and,
not
only
is
threateningto
rurdo
the
gainsachieved
in the northem
Rocky
Mountains
aad
westem
Great Lakes,
but
will
prevent
their
recovery
inadditional
areas.We believe thatfederal
protection
continues
to
benecessary
to
ensure
that
wolf
recovery
is
allowedto
proceed
in
additional
parts
of
the
country.Wolves
are
beginning to
make
a
comeback
in
Oregon
and
Washingfon
and
a
little
morethan
ayear
ago,
a
wolf
dubbed
OR-7
made
his
way to Califomia
to
become
the
first
wolf
in the
state
for
morethan
80
years.
Lonewolves
have alsocrossed
into
Ut¿h, Colo¡ado,
 
and several
states
in
the
Northeast.
These
are
all
areas
that
would
benefit
from
continued
Endangered
Species
Act
protections.
Wolf
recovery in
the
lower
48
states
is
a
wildlife
success
storyin
the
making,
and
we
encourage
the U.S. Fish
and
Wildlife
Service
to
continueto
work
towards
greater
recovery
ofthis
important
and
popularspecies.
Specifically,
we
ask
that the Servicecontinue toprotect
wolves
in the
lower
48
states
under
the
ESA.
Thankyou
for
the
work
you
and
yourstafihave
done
over the
years
to make
important
gains
in
thegray
wolfrecovery
program.
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