By Gary Bogue
Friday, May 8th, 2009 at 8:18 am in Wolves.
Here’s an eye-opener from the weekly e-newsletter of the Center For Biological Diversity:
This Monday (May 4), the feds’ April 2 rule went into effect to prematurely remove federal protections for gray wolves in the northern Rockies, Great Lakes region, and other areas — just more than a month after the rule was finalized and the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, represented by Earthjustice, filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue.
The rule — the same rule published in Bush’s last days and temporarily put on hold when President Barack Obama came on the scene — is a follow-through on a Bush administration plan to increase federal and private wolf hunting.
Many states are already figuratively rubbing their hands in glee at their new wolf-killing privileges: Idaho plans to kill hundreds of wolves, many of which will be brutally gunned down from the air, while Great Lakes states will allow the killing of significant numbers of wolves even as disease is killing pups.
Wolves in Wyoming are the only ones that will keep their federal safeguards — because Wyoming refused to provide the minimal state protections other states promised (which are still grossly inadequate). Besides affecting wolves in the northern Rockies and western Great Lakes, the rule also undermines wolf recovery in a third of eastern Oregon and eastern Washington, as well as a portion of northern Utah — though wolf presence in those regions is barely budding.
Despite the fact that we submitted our notice of intent to sue the very day the wolf-dooming rule was finalized, we must legally wait 60 days to file suit — while the feds only had to wait a month to put their rule into effect.
As Center wolf expert Michael Robinson asserts, “We fear that once again wolves will be wantonly slaughtered before a court can rule.”
Read more on this in the Yellowstone Insider: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/center/articles/2009/yellowstone-insider-05-04-2009.html
Center For Biological Diversity: http://www.BiologicalDiversity.org
We put animals (like wolves) on an Endangered Species List because their species is in danger of going extinct … then as soon as their population increases to a point where it’s supposedly safe to remove the federal protection … we start killing them again. It’s the American way, you know. /Gary