Alert on the Wyoming wolf plan.
11-12-2002. Update 11-26-2002
Here is an important alert on Wyoming's awful wolf plan. It is from the Wyoming Outdoor Council. Of all of this, I think the most important point is to send a letter to Steve Williams, Director of the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Ed Bangs has clearly said the Wyoming plan is not acceptable. I think the Fish and Game Commissioners of Wyoming are guessing that under the Bush Administration, Bang's boss (Williams) will overrule him. These commissioners will probably be totally resistant to any comments from outside the state of Wyoming, but it doesn't hurt to let them know how you feel about their parochial claims on your national forests.
Remember this plan will effectively limit wolves in Wyoming to Yellowstone National Park. There is not a single pack in Wyoming outside Yellowstone that would not be subject to being shot on sight at least part of the time. Emphasize that the designated wilderness areas of Wyoming, large as they might be, are not the complete home range of any of the 7 wolf packs outside Yellowstone Park. Even some of the Park packs venture out of the Park. Gunners could sit right at the East Entrance of Yellowstone in January waiting for Molly's Pack to leave the Pelican Valley for the 2 months they spend east of the Park in the North Fork of the Shoshone.
Update: 11-26-2002. Now Wyoming wants to have wolves managed by their Dept. of Agriculture should they get the power to "manage" wolves.
. . . Ralph Maughan
WYOMING'S WOLVES NEED YOUR HELP!
THE WYOMING GAME AND FISH COMMISSIONERS VOTE TO KILL WOLVES AS PREDATORS!
The Wyoming Game and Fish Commissioners are fast tracking through a bad plan for the "dual" management of the wolf once it is delisted from the Endangered Species List. This plan would classify gray wolves as "predators" outside the wilderness areas adjacent to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
In their proposed dual plan, ANY wolf that roams outside Yellowstone, Grand Teton and their adjacent wilderness areas would be managed as a predator to be killed without license or controls.
The Game and Fish Commissioners need to start over and write a State Management Plan for the Delisting of Wolves that will not only protect wolves in perpetuity, but also demonstrate that Wyoming can be TRUSTED with the management of wolves.
Please write the Wyoming Game and Fish & the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and tell them this is a BAD PLAN for the following reasons:
Wyoming must prove to the USFWS and the American public that they can be trusted with the management of wolves. TRUST COULD BE GAINED:
1. BY NOT CLASSIFYING WOLVES AS PREDATORS IN ONE PART OF WYOMING AND TROPHY GAME ANIMALS IN ANOTHER.
* Dual classification puts a major stumbling block in the way of delisting. By creating dual listing, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has indicated that they do not have the managerial expertise necessary to protect the gray wolf from human caused mortality, which is a requirement for delisting.
* Almost every wolf in Wyoming has the potential to be listed as a predator since many wolves from all over the Yellowstone packs range outside of Yellowstone & Greater Teton National Parks and return. To jeopardize the survival of the packs with unregulated killing is likely to reduce the number of breeding wolf packs in Wyoming - setting the program back many years.
* Wyoming does not have legal authority over federal land to enforce dual listing.
2. BY MAKING A SERIOUS COMMITMENT TO FUND THE MANAGEMENT OF WOLVES.
* In order for Wyoming to petition to delist, Wyoming must prove that they will provide the necessary funding for wolf protection, management, and recovery after delisting.
* There is no indication that Wyoming has the funds, or plans to create the funds for managing this program.
* Commissioner Gary Lundvall said the federal government has not shown it will pay to manage the wolves once they are delisted. "If they (FWS officials) don't feel like they want the state of Wyoming to handle wolves in that boundary, then they can manage them," he said (Mike Stark, Billings Gazette, Oct. 31).
3. BY PUTTING WILDLIFE PROTECTION OVER LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION.
* In order to petition for Delisting, the State of Wyoming must prove that there is desire and commitment to protect the gray wolf.
* The Wyoming Game and Fish Commissioners have repeatedly put the needs of the livestock industry before wildlife protections, but now even deny ranchers the opportunity for damage compensation by voting against trophy game status.
* The Commissioners who resolved to ban wolves from their Counties have proven that Wyoming cannot be trusted to manage wolves after delisting, in fact, they have proven that there is every reason to NOT TRUST THE STATE WITH WOLF MANAGEMENT.
WYOMING SHOULD BE PROUD OF ITS SUCCESSFUL WOLF RECOVERY EFFORTS & DO BETTER THAN THIS DOUBLE-BARRELED SHOTGUN APPROACH FOR WOLVES!!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
PLEASE WRITE A LETTER by DECEMBER 12TH, USING THE POINTS ABOVE & YOUR OWN THOUGHTS TO BOTH AGENCIES!
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
5400 Bishop Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82006
or email to
For information, call WGFD at 307-777-4600
Steve Williams, Director
US Fish & Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20040FAX: 202 208-6965
ATTEND AN OPEN HOUSE!
Open House Meetings held from 6-9pm in the following locations:
Wednesday Nov 13 Jackson, Snow King Resort
Thursday Nov 14 Afton, National Guard Armory
Friday Nov 15 Pinedale, Pinedale Entertainment Center
Monday Nov 18 Cody, Holiday Inn
Tuesday Nov 19 Lander, The Inn at Lander
Wednesday Nov 20 Sheridan, Holiday Inn
Wednesday Nov 20 Rock Springs, Western Wyoming College, Room 1003
Thursday Nov 21 Casper, WY Game & Fish Region Office, 3030 Energy Ln.
Thursday Nov 21 Laramie, WY Game & Fish Region Office, 528 S. Adams
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!
(For more information, please contact Meredith Taylor, WOC Yellowstone Program Director at (307) 455-2161 or by e-mail at--
The Wyoming Outdoor Council represents Wyoming citizens who are concerned
about our quality of life, our communities and our environment.
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