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Editorial: Fate of Gray Wolves - And ESA - In Congress


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10 December 2010, 5:44 PM
Newspaper chastizes administration, Congress

Based on today's editorial, the gray wolf -- and other creatures defended by the Endangered Species Act -- have no finer friend than The Arizona Republic. Here's what the Republic had to say about attempts in Congress to gut the EPA:

Congress may fire a shot in the dark that hits endangered gray wolves.

After a court decision reversed Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's decision to remove gray wolves in the northern Rockies from the endangered species list, the administration is backing an effort in Congress to simply exclude those wolves from current or future protection under the Endangered Species Act.

President Obama wants to throw wolves under the bus. Never mind that the Endangered Species Act includes a process for delisting that is based on science, not politics. Or that the proposed congressional action undermines the law by setting a precedent that could result in any number of controversial species being abandoned to extinction.

The editorial concludes by saying that arbitrary political acts should not trump science nor cynically attempt an end run around proper legal process. The decisions of many courts are, unfortunately, in the hands of a few misguided congressional representatives. Read the whole editorial here.

Ditto. The whole wolf-as-an-endangered-species is so much crap. With 50,000 wolves in Canada alone, plus the 11,000 in Alaska, how can anyone say that wolves have ever been endangered?

Wolves on the ESA is a thinly disguised attempt at federal takeover of state game management. We are losing our ungulate herds in record numbers thanks to ivory tower meddling.

If we were truly using science and not politics, then why is EarthJustice still suing to keep the NRM wolves listed? The majority of scientists say wolves are recovered. We have 10x the number of wolves in Idaho alone required for delisting. Genetic connectivity has been proven. What more do you want? (Besides more wolves.) The prime habitat is full, the wolves are expanding into poor habitat. This is not good for the wolves nor will it make rural residents more accepting of wolves.

Wolves belong in the wilderness, but they do not belong in our towns!

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