Grey Wolves

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Having been eradicated from the lower 48 states due to unfettered hunting during the early twentieth century, gray wolves (Canis lupus) have been a hallmark species for the success of the Endangered Species Act. More than twenty years after being listed as an endangered species, whose recovery is mandated under the ESA, in 1995 gray wolves were re-introduced to Yellowstone National Park from Canada. Over the past 22 years of ESA recovery protections, the gray wolf population has swelled from 31 to 1,782 in the Northern Rocky Mountain region. Though far from fully recovered, political pressure has been rising to reintroduce legal wolf hunting throughout much of its range despite continued evidence that such hunting severely hampers recovery efforts while providing little benefit to livestock ranchers.

Having been extirpated in Washington nearly a century ago, the gray wolf (Canis lupus) began returning to the wild lands of eastern Washington in 2009. The Endangered Species Act protections afforded to the population of wolves reintroduced into Yellowstone were so successful that their population levels have begun to rise and the wolves have begun returning a level of ecological balance to their ancestral habitats. However, their continued recovery is being threatened by disregard for and suppression of scientific research, as well as expedited state-sponsored slaughter on behalf of ranching interests.

Wolves vs. Livestock

Wolf-Livestock Avoidance

Studies have shown that non-lethal conflict avoidance is also safer for humans and livestock, as well as the wolves.

Profanity Peak Wolves

In August of 2016, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (“WDFW”) killed nearly 10% of the state’s endangered gray wolf population at the behest of the state’s largest rancher

Eco Champion Rob Wielgus

One of the continent’s leading experts on wolf-livestock interactions faced heavy academic and political pressure for his research.

NEWS FROM PEER

PEERMail | Stop the Senseless Slaughter

We aim to stop federal support for state programs that encourage slaughter of predators by reinforcing "healthy ...

Letter to Secretary Haaland – Pittman-Robertson Funding – Wolves – 09-27-2021 (PDF)

DESCRIPTION: Letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland regarding rogue states receiving Pittman-Robertson funding ...

Political Sabotage by Anti-Wolf Colorado Parks Manager

State Funds and Staff Used to Undermine Governor and Wolf Advocates 

PEER and 70 Conservation Organizations, Representing 16 Million Americans, Endorse Colorado Wolf Restoration

PEER and 70 conservation organizations have endorsed the concept of the restoration of the gray wolf to Colorado, ...

Chances of Seeing Denali Wolves in the Wild Now Remote

1% Viewing Success Record Low After State Eliminated No-Hunt Buffers

Politicized Science The Bane Of The Mexican Wolf

Study Dissects How Politics Skewed Science to Jeopardize Wolf Survival

Rob Wielgus: War on Wolf Science

Rob is one of the continent’s leading experts on wolf-livestock interactions. His pioneering research on wolves ...

Assault Rifle Slaughter of Wolves Outside Denali

Alaska Belatedly Imposes No-Hunt Buffer to Avert Wolf Population Implosion

Wisconsin Hounders Illegally Harass Wolves

Criminal Complaint Cites State Payments for Hunting Dogs Killed in Wolf Clashes

Wolf Scientist Vindicated in Legislator’s Attack

Professor Still under Siege as WSU Seeks Ways to Accommodate Ranchers

Wisconsin Coyote-Killing Contests Need Reining In

Groups Push for Federal Intervention to Curb Endangered Species Act Violations

Curbs Sought on Rogue Rancher to Abate Wolf Conflicts

Washington Rancher Wiped Out 15% of State’s Wolves in Violation of Federal Rules

Wolves

War on Wolves and Science Having been eradicated from the lower 48 states due to unfettered hunting during the ...

Wolf-Livestock Avoidance

As gray wolves return to their native habitat, some livestock operators have voiced alarm. These concerns can be ...

Academic Freedom Fight on Reprisals over Wolf Science

Washington State U. Scientist Says Official Restraints Due to Political Pressure

Alaska Game Agents Decimate National Park Wolf Packs

Air-Hunts and “Judas Wolf” Tactics Wipe out Natural Sustainable Wolf Populations

Hunting Compounds Record Low Denali Wolf Survival

110,000+ Sign Petition as NPS Backtracks on Factors behind Ultra-Low Wolf Density

Denali Wolf Population Cratering Without State Buffer

Plummeting Sighting of Wolves Threatens Big Cash Tourist Draw for Alaska

Gray Wolf Peer Review Panel Purged by Agency

Fish & Wildlife Service Forces Contractor to Axe Scientists Due to Sign-On Letter

Wolf Delisting Scientific Shell Game Begins

Contract for Quick Limited Peer Review Designed to Give Illusion of Impartiality

Politics Dominated Wolf De-Listing Meetings

Science Was Afterthought in Developing Preferred Alternatives for Wolf Recovery

Suit to Uncover Political Deals Behind Gray Wolf De-Listing

Closed-Door Meetings Honed Plan to Strip Gray Wolf Endangered Species Status

Fish & Wildlife Service Acquits Itself on Mexican Wolf Science

Cursory Findings by FWS Official Prompt Calls for Independent Scientific Review

Politics Molest Mexican Wolf Science

Improper Pressure to Lower Recovery Threshold for Wolf Numbers and Habitat Size

Conservationists Ask New Mexico Governor to Set Wolf Policy on Facts

Top State Officials to Consider Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves at Meeting Today

Federal Cash Brings Reward for Information on Illegal Wolf Killings to $50,000

Contact: Rob Edward, WildEarth Guardians,(303) 573-4898 ext. 762, redward@wildearthguardians.org Michael ...