It is very important that we keep the pressure on by contacting our state and federal officials and telling them that we want to keep wolves protected.
WISCONSIN RESIDENTS: Figure out who your local elected officials are and how to contact them here.
A letter to the editor (LTE) is another effective way to influence elected officials and educate others. Members of Congress are particularly responsive to letters in their constituents’ local newspapers. There may be no easier way to make a public statement of support for wolves than a writing a letter to the editor.
To learn more about how to write an effective LTE, click here.
Senator John Barrasso has put out a draft piece of legislation to rewrite the Endangered Species Act that undercuts science-based decision making, judicial review and imposes burdensome reporting requirements. It is all about politics, not science, and especially not improving the conservation of endangered species including the grey wolf, whooping crane, blanding’s turtle, wood turtle, and the karner blue butterfly.
AND IT’S COMING FAST.
The bill just dropped this week, and a hearing has already been scheduled for next Tuesday, July 17th.
This bill would dramatically weaken the Endangered Species Act (ESA) – our nation’s most effective law protecting wildlife in danger of extinction. The bill would:
- Undermine the ESA’s reliance on science, especially in recovering species
- Give states the ability to veto endangered species restoration projects and, had it been law, would have prevented the restoration of wolves to Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies
- Make it harder to list imperiled species by requiring recovery goals during listing
- Reduce public involvement and agency accountability
- Slow agency conservation actions by requiring cumbersome and unnecessary new procedures.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Please identify your senator below, get on the phone and ask them to oppose the Barrasso bill. This piece of legislation would have devastating effects on wolves, other endangered species and the future of the Endangered Species Act itself. If you do not know who your senator is or they are not included on the list below, please click here.
The Farm Bill, an all-encompassing multi-year piece of legislation that directs what happens at the Department of Agriculture, is set to threaten about 58.5 million acres of protected forest land, eliminate regulations that protect endangered species from harmful chemicals and would weaken the organic industry.
The bill has a number of harmful elements including the “Poisoned Pollinators Provision” that would override Endangered Species Act protections which prevent imperiled species from being subjected to toxic pesticides.
The House of Representatives will vote on the 2018 Farm Bill this month. This legislation is supposed to support farmers and fund important conservation programs that help wildlife. Instead, it has become a vehicle for yet more attacks on conservation and the Endangered Species Act.
These anti-environment and anti-farmer provisions must be stopped. Urge your Representative to oppose this Farm Bill before it’s too late.
Call and ask your Representative to oppose the Farm Bill at 877-226-1189
“Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I’m calling from [YOUR TOWN]. I am strongly opposed to the current farm bill, especially its attacks on conservation, endangered species like wolves, clean water, forests and attacks on pollinators. Please pass along this message to my representative so that they vote NO.”
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On December 5, 2017, Assembly Bill 711 was introduced, which would eliminate the requirement that a person hunting bear or wolf with hunting dogs carry rabies and license tags.
Under current law, while a person is using a dog to hunt bear or wolf, the person is required to keep on his or her person, tags indicating that the person has been issued a license for the dog and the dog has been vaccinated against rabies. This bill eliminates these requirements.
When hunting with hounds, conflict is inevitable and often includes serious injury to other people, wildlife and dogs. Tell your Wisconsin Legislator this bill is outrageous, unfair and a public safety risk.
Ask your Wisconsin state legislator to oppose legislation SB 602 that would block the DNR and police from investigating wolf poaching and prevent any state expenditures to protect wolves. Here is the bill (SB 602).
This absurd legislation would make it illegal for law enforcement to enforce state or federal law relating to management of wolves in Wisconsin. It would also block the Department of Natural Resources from using its resources relating to carry out wolf management or protection other than paying claims for damage caused by wolves. This gives a green light to those who wish to harm wolves to do so without fear of consequences.
Tell your Wisconsin Legislator that poaching violations should be investigated and enforced and that state management of wolves, whether protected under the ESA or not, is crucial to their long term recovery.