Wolves were rescued from the brink of extinction over 35 years ago when they gained federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Today the American wolf is again in grave danger.
Since President Obama removed the gray wolf from the endangered species list in April 2011 and turned management of these majestic animals over to state wildlife agencies, almost 2,600 wolves have been senselessly slaughtered by sport hunters and trappers alone in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota and Wisconsin. This “kill tally” does not include the scores of wolves slaughtered by federal and state predator control programs. And the killing has just begun.
Predator Defense’s new film, “The Imperiled American Wolf,” explains the reasons wolves cannot be successfully managed by state wildlife agencies: not only do their methods ignore the core biology of how wolves hunt and breed, but their funding depends on hunting and trapping fees. In fact, current wolf management may actually lead to wolves’ demise. Predator Defense and this film make a bold call for federal relisting of these important apex predators as endangered species. Video.