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Almost 2,000 signatures on petition to halt wolf hunt, more needed!

[large thumbnail url=”almost-2000-signatures-on-petition-to-halt-wolf-hunt-more-needed” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”10″ day=”07″] [thumbnail icon url=”almost-2000-signatures-on-petition-to-halt-wolf-hunt-more-needed” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”10″ day=”07″] The petition seeking to halt wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana while waiting for the appeals court decision is closing in on 2,000 of the 5,000 signatures needed to get the White House to review the petition.

A petition is online and gathering signatures to try and get the wolf hunts in the Northern Rocky Mountains suspended while the 9th District Court of Appeals makes their decision regarding the challenge to the rider which removed wolves from the Endangered Species List, and additionally requesting scientific overview of wolf recovery goals to make sure the delisting wasn’t premature (in addition to straining the Constitution).

Here’s the text of the petition:

Due to a 2011 budget rider (Sec. 1713), gray wolves lost federal protection under the ESA. It orders the Interior Secretary to reissue the final delisting rule published in 2009. Articles written by scientists in independent peer-reviewed journals criticized the 2009 rule for complying more with political expediency instead of best available science. This is regarded as a particularly egregious affront to the voice of the majority and to fair representation in our country. The rider circumvents the District Court’s ruling in Defenders of Wildlife, 729 F.Supp.2d 1207, and was designed to direct the outcome of a pending case without amending the underlying statute involved. We join the Union of Concerned Scientists in denouncing this action.


The petition needs a total of 5,000 signatures in order to guarantee being reviewed by White House staff. It currently has 1,880. That’s a rate of 188 signatures per day so far. We need 167 a day, so we are cutting it close. Lets not just hit the 5,000 limit, lets blow through it!

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