Late last week, a draft government rule that will remove Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across most of the lower 48 states was leaked to the press.
If it’s enacted, this rule will put a tragic end to one of the most important wildlife recovery stories in America’s history.
Wolves today wander just 5 percent of their historic habitat in the continental United States. It’s simply far too early to declare victory. Pulling the plug on the wolf recovery program now will virtually guarantee that wolf populations will stagnate and these beautiful animals will never again roam prime wolf habitat in places like the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, California, the southern Rocky Mountains or the Northeast.