For the first time in more than 40 years, nearly every gray wolf in the Lower 48 could be stripped of protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could announce its final decision to delist wolves any day now.
If they do move forward with delisting, it will mean they’ve ignored the recommendations of their own scientific peer review panel and leave wolves at the mercy of extreme anti-wolf state politicians, putting the recovery of wolves everywhere at grave risk.
We cannot let that happen.
I know that you and I both share the dream of wolf recovery, that’s why I’m turning to you.
Any donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar, doing twice as much for wolves.
I hope you do too!
We can’t let that happen.
To get the fund off to the strongest possible start, generous donors have agreed to match your gift, dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $150,000.
Your support will help give us the extra resources we need to protect wolves where and when they need it most.
Our legal team is already gearing up for a monumental legal battle to uphold the law and restore federal ESA protection to wolves;
We’re stepping up our presence in battleground states like Idaho, where extreme anti-wolf politicians have caused the deaths of more than 1,400 wolves since 2009 and made a mockery of wolf conservation;
We’re going to states like California and Oregon, where there’s plenty of suitable wolf habitat, and where pro-wolf voices ring loud and clear;
And we are tirelessly organizing – in neighborhoods, online, and through the media – to make it clear to our elected officials that most Americans want wolves in their world.
Please be among the first to donate generously to our Emergency Protection Fund for Wolves. Your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $150,000 until 11:59pm EST on November 21st.
I want to be clear on one thing: Whatever happens in the coming days, this fight is far from over.
Thanks to you, in 1967, Defenders of Wildlife was the first organization to propose reintroducing wolves. In 1995, we were there when a new generation of wolves first set foot in Yellowstone National Park and the central Idaho wilderness. Every day since, we have fought in court, in Congress, and in statehouses across the country to make sure wolves get a fighting chance to survive.
With people like you at my side, I remain steadfastly optimistic.
Please help us today.
For the wolves,
Jamie Rappaport Clark
Defenders of Wildlife