Just in time to inflict a parting blow to gray wolves before the Bush administration bites the dust, on Wednesday (Jan. 14) — for the third time — the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a final rule to remove Endangered Species Act protections from these regal predators in the northern Rocky Mountains and Great Lakes regions.
The only wolves in these areas allowed to keep their endangered status are those in Wyoming, home of Yellowstone National Park.
From 1996 through 2008, even with the necessary protections of the Endangered Species Act, the Fish and Wildlife Service used a loophole in the Act to kill 931 northern Rockies gray wolves and at least 1,951 Great Lakes wolves on behalf of the livestock industry.
Removal of the wolves’ federal protections will leave them vulnerable to widespread slaughter — and Montana and Idaho have already crafted plans for public hunts.
Each of the administration’s previous actions to rob wolves of protections has earned it overwhelming opposition from the public and from environmental groups — including the Center for Biological Diversity — and brought it straight to defeat in court.
As the Center’s wolf expert Michael Robinson vows, “Once again we will go to court to keep the wolves alive.”
You can read m ore about it here: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/center/articles/2009/los-angeles-times-01-15-2009.html
And here: http://switchboard.nrdc.org
Thanks for caring. /Gary