At the end of September, the state of Wyoming will no longer categorize gray wolves as an endangered species. CNN noted in a report in August that “‘Wyoming law also allows unrestricted killing of wolves if they are found to be ‘harassing’ livestock or domestic animals, even if wolves are intentionally baited into the conflict,’ said [Earthjustice attorney Jenny] Harbine.” When hearing the news, Cause leader Carole Altendorf grew concerned because wolves would once more become targets of hunters. Inspired to prolong the protection of the gray wolf, Carole created a petition to preserve their status as an endangered species. Since her launch, 20,000 people have signed and she’s planning to submit the signatures to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on September 27, 2012.
Carole believes gray wolves in the U.S. should be as revered as the American Bald Eagle. “I have become extremely passionate about the future of wolves [because] they are a symbol of the American wilderness.” But Carole wasn’t always an animal activist. “I started doing activism work in April of 2012. I started out with the petition site at Change.org. I discovered Causes.com, and found you are the best site to do petitions and fundraisers with.” She worked as a paralegal for over 30 years. When she retired, she wanted to find ways to give back. As a professional writer, she realized she had a talent for communicating with people, and that tools like Causes could help her communicate a large enough scale to affect change. Carole emphasized the ability to interact with likeminded individuals regularly and create a larger community on Causes as a great user experience. By cultivating and nurturing a community through updates and emails, Carole was able to keep enthusiasm for her cause at a high level. And it’s paying off as almost 45,000 people have joined her cause to preserve the wolf’s endangered status across multiple states in the U.S.
Carole will submit her petition signatures at the end of the week and she is confident state officials will take note. If they don’t, she’s ready to keep the pressure on lawmakers in every state where the wolf exists, including Wyoming, Alaska, and Montana. “Tonight I started a new petition: Reverse the Decision to Delist Gray Wolves. The target is the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service who made that decision. I just looked at it now (8:26 pm Monday), and there are already 28 signatures in 45 minutes!”
If you’re interested in joining Carole’s community, visit her campaign page to see the different actions Carole and her 45,000 community members are working on.