Over 100 scientists call for continued protection of gray wolves

Over 100 scientists has signed a letter objecting proposals to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves across nearly all of the lower 48 states.

The letter was sent to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt

It states that the plan “does not represent the best-available science pertaining to wolf conservation.”

Biologist John A. Vucetich, professor at Michigan Technological University, said:

“The best available science clearly shows that wolves are not ready to be delisted because the Endangered Species Act requires a species to be recovered throughout a larger portion of its historic range, and this has not been achieved yet.
“Issues that arise in recovering wolves, such as concern over conflicts between wolves and livestock, are all quite manageable and wolves shouldn’t be delisted because it is a politically expedient solution to these conflicts.”

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