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Lamar Canyon wolves in Yellowstone. (Photo (c) Tom Murphy)
Lamar Canyon wolves in Yellowstone. (© Tom Murphy)

Wolves Need A Good Lawyer,
Now More Than Ever Before.

The incredible comeback of the gray wolf in the Northern Rockies signaled the resolve of a society strong enough to embrace a world ensured not just for us, but for all species. Today, the future of wolves remains under threat—from hostile state management plans to anti-wildlife politicians. Earthjustice enforces the rule of law to preserve our irreplaceable wildlife and wild places. And we hold accountable those who harm them.

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Lamar Canyon wolves in Yellowstone. (© Tom Murphy)

A Look Into The Fight For Wolves

Earthjustice advocates on behalf of wolf populations throughout the country alongside our partners and clients. Our current legal and policy work:

Idaho

A wolf-killing program in protected wilderness is attempting to artificially manipulate wildlife populations to benefit hunters.

Legal Case

Wyoming

In 2014, a landmark legal victory ended a “kill-on-sight” policy. The court decision is under appeal.

Legal Case Timeline

Southwest

A sub-species of the gray wolf known as the lobo is one of the most endangered mammals in North America.

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Washington, D.C.

Some of the toughest fights for wolves lie in Congress. Politicians are attempting to sidestep the Endangered Species Act and remove protections from wolves through legislative edict.

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Why Wolves Are Important

One of our country's greatest Endangered Species Act success stories, the return of wolves has restored a vital balance to the health of the ecosystems they once again inhabit.

The Fable of the Wolf

An award-winning film on the history of the relationship between wolves and humans and the effect on the natural world.

About The Film

Wolves Keep Yellowstone In Balance

The extermination of wolves from Yellowstone National Park in the 1920s triggered an ecosystem collapse known as a trophic cascade. The impact of the wolf’s return was dramatic.

See What Happened

The Lives Of Wolves

The stories of individual wolves, chronicled by wolf watchers and biologists, provide fascinating glimpses into a complex and highly social species.

Steve Justead

‘Limpy’

Known for his distinctive three-legged gait, “he was a hell of a wolf,” recalled one veteran wolf-watcher. And on March 28, 2008, he was shot dead.

The Story of Wolf 253
Photo courtesy of Rick Harner

926F

During the summer months of 2015, she led Yellowstone's Lamar Canyon Pack in a gripping saga of strategy, strength—and hope.

The Story of Wolf 926
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

‘Journey’

Born in northeastern Oregon, he struck out on his own on an epic trek that would bring him to California—the state's first wild wolf seen in nearly a century.

The Story of OR7
Tom Murphy

Watching The Wolves

Photographer Tom Murphy has spent nearly four decades documenting Yellowstone National Park and its wild inhabitants, including wolves.

“Building a database of true stories.”

Artists Who Love Wolves

Earthjustice partnered with the Creative Action Network to create a body of work in honor of the embattled gray wolf and to debunk negative stereotypes of the icon of the wild.

  • “My design was based on my own reaction to several encounters with wild wolves. In each case, I was struck by how much a part of the landscape they were, how they were just one of many indispensable aspects of the ecosystem. If you watch their behavior close enough, you get a sense that nature is rarely wasteful. I think there is a lesson in that.” Artist interview

  • “I invoked the old fairy tale of Red Riding Hood and gave her a distinctly different attitude toward the big baddie. A valentine for the good work of Earthjustice and its efforts in preserving the gray wolf.”

  • “I wanted to make a howling wolf in a setting with mountains, a full moon and a forest. I make pop-surrealism, so the mountains look a bit like melting popsicles, and the wolf doesn't look scary at all. A friend commented that it looks like the cover of the movie Jaws, but that wasn't my original intention.”

  • “There´s something about wild things that really attracts me. They have amazing instincts. Wolves are wild creatures with a heightened sense of society and team work, they care about their pack like big families. That’s really impressive.” Artist interview

    “Hay algo de las creaturas salvajes que realmente atrae: su increible instinto. Los lobos son seres con un gran sentido de la vida en sociedad y el trabajo en equipo, su manada funciona como una gran familia, eso es muy impresionante.” Entrevista con la artista

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About The Endangered Species Act

Since its creation, the visionary law has served as one of the world’s strongest, most effective wildlife protection laws. One of the first species to protected under the law was the gray wolf.

The Basics

What is the Endangered Species Act? Was it really bipartisan? Has it worked? You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers.

What You Need To Know

Attacks on the Law

Seven underhanded ways politicians in Congress are attempting to dismantle the Endangered Species Act.

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The Protectors

Wolves and their fellow species need a good lawyer. And, so does the Endangered Species Act itself.

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Yes, You Can Help Save Wolves. Here's How:

Are you on the map of wolf activists? Your actions make a difference.

Last year, 55,000 Earthjustice supporters spoke out against a contentious Congressional policy “rider.” Their actions helped to defend the Endangered Species Act and wolves in Wyoming and Great Lakes states. Read the story.