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Wolf delisting deadline extended to Dec 17

Sep 04, 2013
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The comment deadline for protecting wolves in much of the United States including the Northwest has been extended to 10/28/13, with public hearings scheduled for Sacramento, Albuquerque, and Washington DC.

Wolf delisting deadline extended to Dec 17

Wolf in the Wenatchee Pack, one of three packs in Washington's Cascade Mountains. Photo: © Craig Monette

The comment deadline for protecting wolves in much of the United States including the Northwest has been extended, again, to December 17, 2013. Public hearings are scheduled for November 19 in Denver, Colorado, November 20 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and November 22 in Sacramento, California.

By Dec. 17, make your comment for Northwest wolves.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing protections for wolves across most of the lower 48 states. If "delisting" is enacted, the few wolves in the western half of Washington State in the Cascades would lose federal protection.

Removal of ESA protections would make this fragile population more vulnerable and could set back recovery in the entire Pacific Coast region.

The recovery of wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains and western Great Lakes has seen tremendous success, but the job of recovery is not done. Scientists have identified suitable habitat for wolves in the southern Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, Northeast and elsewhere.

Scientists have pointed to the fact that the wolves returning to western Washington in the Cascades are different from wolves in the Northern Rockies and include descendants of wolves living in coastal British Columbia, who lived separately from inland wolves for many generations.

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