Senator Mark Udall Hart Office Building Suite SH-317 Washington, D.C. 20510
April 6, 2010
Dear Senator Udall,
Let me preface this letter to send my sincerest condolences for the loss of your uncle, the honorable Stewart Udall, who was a tireless advocate for preservation of wildlife and wild lands since his tenure as Secretary of the Interior under both Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. I learned about Stewart Udall from a tribute on the blog Howling for Justice (link below).
I am writing this letter in response to the removal of the Gray Wolf from the Endangered Species Act, and the current policy of the Department of the Interior to ignore scientific recommendations for successful wolf management. How can an animal be considered “endangered” one day, and a “game animal” the next? After years of research and money spent to return the wolf to the Rockies, this scientific knowledge is not being used in management of the de-listed wolf.
As you probably know, wolves have been discovered in the state of Colorado, near High Lonesome Ranch, and there is a movement among Coloradans to protect these animals. The University of Colorado, Boulder has deemed April the Month of the Wolf, to educate the public on this issue. I recently attended a lecture by David Armstrong, a biologist and Professor Emeritus at UCB, and was impressed by his level-headed approach to the subject, which clearly pointed to the need for wolf management from a SCIENTIFIC, fact-based standpoint. He cited scientific evidence that wolves account for less than 1% of livestock deaths.
Rocky Mountain National Park is considering the re-introduction of wolves to their native habitat in order to manage exploding elk herds, which are devastating our aspen groves. Years of research at Yellowstone shows that wolf populations change the ecosystem drastically for the better. David Armstrong concurs.
Unfortunately, our culture has an ingrained, misguided perception of wolves, handed down from generation to generation. Will you, as a representative of Colorado, and the nephew of the great environmental leader, Stewart Udall, advocate for returning wolves to the Endangered Species List? President Obama has been strangely silent on this issue. Perhaps Senators like you can make a difference, if you will speak out.
Please find the schedule for Month of the Wolf, at CU, below.
Please let me know if there is anything I can do as a responsible, tax-paying citizen.