Saturday, January 13, 2007

Help Stop the Next Wolf Massacre

Help Stop the Next Wolf Massacre

Soon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to release a proposal to strip wolves of crucial Endangered Species Act protections across most of Wyoming and de-list wolves in Idaho, where the state is poised to kill up to 75% of the wolves living in the Lolo district of the Clearwater National Forest.

This proposal could allow the use of aerial gunning and other lethal control methods to kill as many as two-thirds of the wolves in Wyoming and as many as 54 of Idaho’s 65 wolf packs!

Help stop the massacre! Fill out the form below to urge the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dale Hall, to maintain federal protections for gray wolves.


My addition to the given form letter.

A form letter comes with this message, which I agree with, that has been provided to those wishing to encourage the salvaging of wolf populations in the Rockies. I am leaving that form letter at the bottom of my own comments on the issue. Thank you.~

As humans responsible for our earth environment, are we nurturing our planet and it's animals with our daily actions and creation of new legislation and planning? Are we putting the long term good of the whole of humanity and planet earth before our immediate, short term needs?

Currently we humans are witnessing changes in the planet that are likely related to our past mismanagement of resources: global warming, the death of rain forests, extinction of species at a rate never before seen, and polluted water, air and land. Not only is the planet suffering and the weather changing, but humans and animals are experiencing increased disease, deformations and malnutrition as a result.

Scientists have recently warned that if we do not change our current way of caring for the oceans, seafood may be gone by 2048. (Seafood May Be Gone by 2048, Study Says: ) In this National Geographic article the interviewed scientist Boris Worm is quoted as saying "Biodiversity is a finite resource, and we are going to end up with nothing left ... if nothing changes". Biodiversity - whether in the ocean, the Great Plains of the American Midwest, the thick pine forests of the Rockies, the desert of the American Southwest - is key to maintaining a healthy environment on each of those local scales.

The US fish and wildlife services no doubt have the best interests of the environment and animals in mind when taking wolves off of the endangered species list. The states' reaction to this change in status is worrisome, with Idaho and Wyoming planning to kill large portions of this population in some areas. My next paragraph is addressed to those states and the planning committees creating this plan of attack on wolves.

Are we creating new regulations that protect this biodiversity in our own local environments? Are we changing how we do business in order that we can maintain biodiversity and nurture our local piece of the planet? It's time that we make radical changes, and sacrifices if need be, in the short term in order to participate in bringing our planet back in the long term. Planet earth is currently doing its best to demand we give her high priority. Science has verified the current state of environmental emergency. Why is this not our highest priority? If it were, how would we comport ourselves on a daily basis - in our homes and in our government decisions? If it were, how would drastic decrease in the wolf population in the Rockies fit into this? Finding ourselves without a viable home has suddenly become a short term possibility. Plans to kill large portions of any animal population contribute to radical change in ecosystems - increasing the rate and likelihood that our local environment, and then our planet, will eventually become unliveable. Let us create wildlife plans and business plans that continually nuorish our habitat, allowing the human race and the earth to survive and thrive.


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