Center for Biological Diversity

Media Advisory, April 15, 2019

Contact:  Jenny Keatinge, (805) 403-3822, jkeatinge@biologicaldiversity.org

Santa Monica Rally to Focus on Protecting Wolves in California, Nationwide

SANTA MONICA, Calif.— Wildlife advocates in wolf masks will rally Wednesday morning in Santa Monica before a California Fish and Game Commission meeting where state officials will consider formally opposing the Trump administration’s plan to end federal wolf protection across the country.

The commission will take public testimony during the meeting.

“Wolves will never truly return home to California if Trump’s plan goes through,” said Jenny Keatinge, California wildlife policy specialist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Stripping federal protections from this iconic species now would contradict science, subvert the law and undermine decades of wolf recovery efforts. We hope California’s top wildlife officials take a stand against this disastrous proposal.”

What: Rally for wolves followed by California Fish and Game Commission meeting

When: Rally at 7:45 a.m., commission meeting begins at 8:30 a.m.

Where: 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Media availability: Volunteer activists and representatives from the Center for Biological Diversity will be available for interviews before and after the rally and public meeting.

Background
The Trump administration in March announced its proposal to strip Endangered Species Act protection for nearly all wolves in the lower 48 states. That would end 40 years of wolf recovery across the country and leave many wolf populations vulnerable to more hunting, trapping and poisoning.

Although wolves in California would remain protected under state law, Trump’s plan would end protection in neighboring states. This would leave California’s wolves isolated and vulnerable to inbreeding, essentially preventing the recovery of wolves in the state.

A 2013 study found that wolves may have once been widely distributed in California and have been part of the state’s cultural heritage for thousands of years. They were driven to extinction in California by the mid-1920s.

In late 2011 a wolf from Oregon, OR-7, entered California, beginning the return of wolves to the area. Wolves are protected under California’s Endangered Species Act. Today fewer than a dozen known wolves live in Northern California.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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