Dear Friend of the National Parks,
Do you have a moment to protect Wyoming's national park wolves today?
When we last asked you to act on behalf of Wyoming’s park wolves, we hoped that the government's plans to move forward with a park wolf hunt was an oversight. We do not believe that to be true any longer.
Why would our government permit the shooting of wolves in the very places that were set aside as refuges for wild animals and for the enjoyment of the American people?
The government appears to be moving forward with aggressive plans to remove wolves from endangered species protections (de-listing) and open up the door to let people hunt them in Wyoming’s national parks. To reverse this onslaught, we need your help now--more than ever!
Although 53,000 of NPCA's supporters have already expressed overwhelming dissatisfaction with the Department of the Interior's plans to allow wolf hunting on Wyoming national park lands, officials have ignored our voices. We are now focusing our attention on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
The USFWS has issued an unacceptably short comment deadline through Regulations.gov. Please act today!
Take Action: Please tell USFWS Director Dan Ashe to prohibit wolf hunting and lethal state wolf control inside Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway by not de-listing wolves in Wyoming. These parks deserve the same level of protection that has been given Yellowstone, and hunting wolves needs to be prohibited--now and in the future.
Here's how to submit your comments using the Regulations.gov comment form:
1) Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-R6-ES-2011-0039-7450
2) Complete the form using our sample message below. Simply paste this message into the "Comment" box under "Type Comment". Personalize your message as much as you can. (Please note: there is a 2,000-character limit for the "Comment" box.)
"Dear Director Ashe,
I am writing to express my concern over the proposed delisting and future management of gray wolves in Wyoming. The proposed rule jeopardizes wolves on national park lands, specifically the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway--an important 24,000-acre wildlife movement corridor between Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
This government action flies in the face of the Organic Act, passed by Congress to protect national park lands and wildlife, and sets up a power struggle between the state and federal government over the management of wolves. These problems must be corrected now; not after wolves are shot. There are roughly 240 wolves outside of Yellowstone. All are targeted for hunting in this plan--leaving the parks as their only refuge. The rule must be amended to clearly state that wolves are under the management of the National Park Service and that hunting will be prohibited.
As a staunch supporter of America’s National Park System, I expect you to intervene on my behalf and protect wolves in the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway and Grand Teton National Park.
Thank you for considering my comments."
3) Click the blue "Submit" button midway down the page on the right. That's it!
Thank you for your continued efforts to protect Wyoming’s national park wolves. Your efforts have been critical in getting the attention of federal decision-makers. We are hopeful that together we can bring about important changes in the Wyoming wolf de-listing rule that will protect park wolves for generations to come.
Sr. Program Manager, Grand Teton
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