Letters to Editors

Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper can be an excellent way to help shape public opinion. It also shows public officials that fair and balanced management of wolves is truly important to their constituencies. To write your letter, select any of the editorial desks listed below, click on the link, and begin writing. Your letter will go directly to that editorial staff. The Western Wolf Coalition has no access to your letter and does not review it. Thank you for your interest in wolf management.

Editors by State

Idaho Montana Oregon

Letter Writing Tips

This is your letter, so write what you think or feel about wolves and wolf management. However, here are a few suggestions for ensuring your message gets through clearly:

  • Be timely: Responding to a current hot issue or a recent article or editorial is one of the best ways to increase your chances of getting published. Be sure to mention the name of the article and the date it was written in the beginning of your letter.
  • Get a new signer: Most newspapers won't print multiple letters from one person over a short period of time. If you've already published a letter, get someone else to sign future ones.
  • Keep it simple: Keep your points short and clear, and stick to one subject.
  • Keep it short: Make your first sentence short, compelling and catchy. Keep it well under the word limit.
  • Get personal: Newspapers, at their core, are community entities. Editors will be much more likely to publish a letter, and the letter will have much more impact, if it demonstrates local relevance.
  • Use personal stories: For example, if you’ve taken your kids out to see wolves in the wild, or were lucky enough to hear wolves howling or see tracks, reference these experiences in your letter.
  • The salutation should read, “Dear editor,” and then be followed by your letter.
  • Make sure to include your name, address and phone number with the letter. Many papers will call to confirm authorship before running a letter.
  • If your letter doesn’t appear, don’t be afraid to call the editor after a few days to ask whether it will run.
  • Stay within the paper’s allotted word count for letters to the editor (generally 200 to 300 words).

Also consider...

  • Stressing the importance of sound, biologically based management in the survival and delisting of gray wolves.
  • Asking your fellow citizens to speak out against politicizing wolves.
  • Encouraging public officials (by name) to allow biologists to determine appropriate wolf numbers and pack sizes.
  • Sharing the facts about wolf conflicts.

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