Thursday, September 20, 2012
California which is a leader in wildlife protection in the USA can take another bold step toward co-existance with top carnivores when it votes on October 3 on whether to put Wolves on the state endangered species list.............The lone Oregon Wolf(OR7) would receive immedate protection if the act is passed and any other wandering lobos that enter California( or are transplanted there) would have safe haven.............With Wolves losing protected status in the Rocky Mtn States and the Midwest, the Golden State has a chance to make a statement about Wolf restoration in a most positive way..........I encourage you to add your name as a supporter of this action becoming law by clicking on the link below
Save California’s Wolves – On Oct. 3, California’s Fish and Game Commission will be deciding the fate of protections for OR-7 and any other wolves that might venture into the Golden State in the future. Commissioners will be voting to accept or reject a petition to protect wolves under California’s Endangered Species Act. If they approve the petition, wolves will get immediate protection in the state while the California Department of Fish and Game develops a status review to determine whether wolves should be protected over the long-run.
If they deny the petition, wolves could be on their own against some hunters, ranchers and others who still see wolves as an unwanted nuisance once federal protections are lifted.
Currently, wolves are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, but there’s no guarantee they’ll remain protected. In fact, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made it abundantly clear by their actions in the last couple years that they’re ready to get out of the wolf protection business. Further, recent discussions with federal biologists suggest that a delisting for gray wolves nationwide is likely waiting in the wings. If that happens, California is on its own.
Tell the California Fish and Game Commission to help ensure a future for wolves in California by approving statewide protection (here’s how to submit comments and information on the wolf petition). The Feds may be ready to give up on wolf recovery, but that doesn’t mean California should too.
Posted by Rick Meril at 9:39 PM