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Bush takes one last shot at killing wolves

By Gary Bogue
Friday, January 16th, 2009 at 6:13 am in Endangered species, President Bush, Wolves.

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

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One Response to “Bush takes one last shot at killing wolves”

  1. christian kuehl Says:

    way to go Michael or better yet Mr. Robinson I’m 1,000,000,000% behind what you are doing in order to keep the wolves alive. you see it’s people like you and i that really care for the wolves not the others they are just confused and really don’t give a f*** about any animal sorry to say that word with the stars but i had to. p.s I’m only 16 so far in two weeks and 8 days I’ll be 17 once again thanks for keeping the wolves alive let em know if you need any help

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