Tell Secretary Jewell to protect Wyoming's wolves and ban wolf hunting in the parkway.
Wyoming's 250 wolves are increasingly on the losing end of negotiations between the Department of Interior and the State of Wyoming to remove wolves from the Endangered Species List. The Department of Interior has capitulated on virtually every request from Wyoming, including allowing wolves to be shot on sight across nearly 90 percent of the state.
In the latest and perhaps last concession, Secretary Salazar's Interior Department is considering allowing hunting in a the John. D. Rockefeller Parkway. This 24,000 acre land passage in the northwest part of the state connects Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and is used by wolves passing between them. If Wyoming once again gets its way, the only safe harbor for the area's gray wolves will be in the parks with no way of moving between them.
The Park Service recognizes the error of this plan:
“NPS preference is to not allow wolf hunting within the boundaries of the parkway, particularly if the state can reach wolf management goals outside the boundaries of the parkway,”-John Wessels, Intermountain Region regional director, NPS
The Interior Department has given Wyoming more than enough. The proposed delisting agreement already treats wolves as predators and permits unmanaged killing across the vast majority of the state--including national forests. Secretary Jewell needs to stand up for Wyoming's wolves and maintain protections in the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway.
Please tell Secretary Jewell to ban all wolf hunts in the parkway.