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Twenty years ago, the gray wolf returned to Yellowstone National Park.

Wolves once roamed the United States before decades of unregulated slaughter wiped them out. It wasn’t until they were missing that people began to recognize the crucial role wolves play in maintaining the health of the natural world.

The gray wolf was one of the first to be protected by the Endangered Species Act. Its re-introduction in the northern Rockies restored a balance in the ecosystem.

But now, Congress is threatening the future of wolves.

Some politicians are seeking to prematurely remove their protections—subverting one of the most effective laws of the land. We must not allow Congress to undermine the Endangered Species Act:

The Stories To Read Wolves

Next question …
The success rate of the Endangered Species Act has been …
Nobody knows.
The Endangered Species Act has a proven record of success in protecting wildlife in danger of extinction. It has helped to prevent the extinction of the American bald eagle, Florida manatee, and California condor—as well as thousands of other plants, fish and animals. The Act has prevented more than 99% of listed species from going extinct.
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Wolf pups are cared for by …
their mother
the alpha female
all pack adults
Female wolves often have litters of 1–11 pups, although 17(!) pups is not unheard of. All adult wolves in the pack—male and female—help care for the young, feeding them and keeping an eye on them while the others are out on the hunt for the pack's next meal.
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Wolves are …
The pack is the center of wolves' lives. Highly social animals, wolves travel and hunt in packs that can be as small as two or as large as more than a dozen wolves. Wolves are constantly on the move and cover large areas in search of prey, communicating with their fellow pack members—and other packs—by howl.
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Gray wolves' fur color is …
shades of gray only.
blue-black, grays, amber red.
white to black, shades of brown.
The gray wolf can range in color from pure white to solid black, cream to tawny brown. One of the common colorings is brown, with light or dark banded guard hairs. The banded coloration, known as agouti, is found in a number of species.
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Wolves eat  …
as much of their hunted prey as possible.
in moderation; they bury most of the food for later.
Wolves are voracious eaters and, following a successful hunt, can eat 30lbs of food in a single sitting. If there is more food than can be consumed immediately, they may "cache" the remainder, digging a shallow hole to bury it (a behavior perhaps familiar to many dog owners).
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Rethinking The Big Bad Wolf

Earthjustice has partnered with the Creative Action Network calling on artists to create a body of work in honor of the embattled gray wolf and to debunk negative stereotypes of the icon of the wild. See featured artwork.

The Legal Cases

Alongside our clients and partners, Earthjustice has worked for decades to build a secure future for wolves.

Learn about our cases