THE FIGHT FOR WOLVES IS ON.

A recent gray wolf sighting in California may be OR-93

The sighting is the farthest south in California that any gray wolf has been confirmed in 99 years.

First Nations across Canada petition the U.S. to relist wolves

The Assembly of First Nations joined the Union of BC Indian Chiefs in petitioning the Biden administration to reverse Trump’s U.S. wolf culls.

Former wildlife commissioners condemn Montana's wolf slaughter:

“In their zealous stampede to kill wolves by any means possible, the legislature and governor put state control of wolf management directly in the crosshairs.”

FAMILY – A short film asking Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to relist wolves

“These wolf extermination bills passed and signed into law by rightwing extremists at the state level demonstrate that they are not only hunting democracy to extinction, they are also conflating Euro-Medieval sadism with so-called wildlife management to the same ends with wolves.” — Rain Bear Stands Last, Director

Wolves in the West One Step Closer to Endangered Species Protection

The USFWS announced on September 15 that federal protections may need to be restored for gray wolves in the West.

US tribes demand emergency protection for wolves

Dozens of American Indian tribes just asked the Biden administration to immediately enact emergency protections for gray wolves.

UPDATE: Lawsuits and Actions

Need the big picture on all of the lawsuits and other actions to save wolves? We’ve got you covered.

Dream Big

When it comes to wolves, it’s good to dream big. Check out our report from a few years ago identifying more than 350,000 square miles where wolves could live in the lower 48.

America's Wolves

There used to be about 2 million wolves in North America. Now there are less than 10,000 in the lower 48. Learn more about our fight to save America’s wolves nationwide.

take these Urgent Actions today

The fate of America’s wolves hangs in the balance.

Do your part now to keep them safe.

DEMAND NATIONAL PROTECTION

Help reverse the Trump administration’s decision to end federal protection for wolves.

PROTECT ROCKY MOUNTAIN WOLVES

Help protect wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains from new anti-wolf laws.

#SaveOurWolves on Social Media

The Situation Right Now

The fight to save America’s wolves is in a critical new phase – and that’s why your help is so important.

After the Trump administration stripped federal protections from gray wolves in late 2020, states now control whether wolves are hunted or protected. California and Colorado recently celebrated the discovery of new residents, but Wisconsin rushed to allow their slaughter. Idaho and Montana are also ramping up plans for more wolf-killing.

This is the moment to take a stand against wolf slaughter – including poison, traps, aerial gunners and family-shattering assaults – and ensure a real future for this iconic American species. We’re working on multiple fronts to regain protections for wolves including:

  • Petitioning the Biden administration to restore federal wolf protections and challenging the Trump administration order in court,
  • Fighting state-by-state against plans to hunt, trap and poison wolves,
  • Expanding and activating a powerful grassroots network to speak out for wolves across the country.

We can’t allow more than 40 years of wolf recovery to be thrown out by ruthless persecution and backwards policies.

These majestic animals occupy less than 15% of their historic habitat and, if they’re ever going to fully recover, they must be protected from coast-to-coast.

Read an update on our national legal case and other actions.

What’s the situation for wolves in specific states?

MYTH vs. REALITY: Wolf Recovery

Sadly, many of the same attitudes that drove wolves to the brink of extinction more than a century ago still exist. Too often, fear and misinformation fuel wolf killing and state management policies.

WOLF CONSERVATION PLANNING

A guide from the Endangered Species Coalition for working together using science, inclusivity, and ethical practices.

6 FACTS About Wolf Recovery

There’s a lot of misinformation out there on wolf recovery.
Help correct the narrative by tweeting these six facts.

MYTH: Wolves are recovered in the U.S. REALITY: Wolves today occupy less than 15% of their historic habitat in the continental U.S., so they aren’t recovered and still need protection. #SaveOurWolves
MYTH: Wolves don’t belong here. REALITY: There were once some 2 million native wolves in North America – and we’ve decimated them. They deserve a real shot at recovery. #SaveOurWolves
MYTH: Wolf persecution is a thing of the past. REALITY: Idaho is about to wipe out about 90% of its wolves. Legislation in Montana could lead to the killing of about 80% of its wolves. #SaveOurWolves
MYTH: There isn’t room for more wolves. REALITY: A 2014 analysis found that there are at least 530,000 square miles of excellent wolf habitat in the lower 48 but wolves currently occupy only a third of it. #SaveOurWolves
MYTH: We can rely on states to recover wolves. REALITY: Most states have shown little interest in managing wolves in a way that ensures they thrive and grow. #SaveOurWolves
MYTH: Wolves no longer need federal protection. REALITY: The U.S. government pulled the plug on wolf protection before the job was finished. #SaveOurWolves

ANIMALIA PODCAST SERIES

THE AMERICAN WAR ON WOLVES

2021 has become a pivotal year, a year like no other, in the fight to save America’s gray wolves. Since Trump delisted gray wolves, states like Idaho, Montana and Wisconsin have taken aggressive steps to massacre most of their wolf populations.

This four-episode series from Animalia will take you through a journey from the history and background on wolves in the US up through the ongoing ideological and political war playing out today over the the battle to protect this species from extermination.

July 14, 2021

Episode 1: Establishing A Foundation

We highlight some of the many incredible traits of wolf behavior and sociology in order to lay a foundation of understanding wolves, their day to day lives, and role in the ecosystem.

July 20, 2021

Episode 2: An Historical Extermination

A deep dive into the mid 1800s settlement of the West and the systematic extermination of wolves, onward through the 1900s and into the beginning of meaningful recovery efforts in the 90s.

July 27, 2021

Episode 3: The Challenges of Reintroduction

A look at reintroduction and recovery efforts in the mid 90s through today, what has worked, and what hasn’t, and what we can learn from them.

August 5, 2021

Episode 4: The Landmark Battle of 2021

The final episode will focus on the ideological and political war going on right now that may very well determine the fate of the species here in the United States.

VOICES FOR WOLVES

Commentary: Gray wolf population in peril unless Biden restores ‘endangered species’ protections

Chicago Tribune

In stripping gray wolves of their Endangered Species Act protection across the country, the responsible federal agency went against both science and public opinion, and declared the species “biologically recovered.” But this delisting rule won’t stand up to scrutiny.

Guest opinion: New, extreme hunting laws show why states like Idaho can’t manage wolves

Idaho Statesman

Politics have too often interfered with the recovery of wolves. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Idaho and Montana, where a decade after the iconic species was stripped of federal protections, recently enacted laws will greenlight the slaughter of more than 2,000 wolves under the false pretense of predator “management.”

Why the Fight for Wolves Matters

Medium – Center for Biological Diversity

For decades now the third week of October has been celebrated by wolf conservation organizations across the country as Wolf Awareness Week. Since the gray wolf was first protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1974, there have been continuous battles fought for the recovery of the species on both the federal and state level.

Opinion: Cruelty toward wolves is erasing conservation efforts. It’s time to reinstate their protections.

Washington Post

Daniel M. Ashe served as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director from 2011 to 2017.

Today, an epidemic of cruelty toward wolves is erasing progress made to conserve this species. The government must immediately reinstate protections for these animals.