I never thought I’d see the day when the Obama administration AND the National Rifle Association would both defend the killing of wolves.
That happened last week when the NRA sought to intervene against a lawsuit by 13 conservation organizations to put the northern Rockies gray wolf back on the endangered species list and save it from being gunned down in Idaho and Montana.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Humane Society of the United States, Center for Biological Diversity, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Western Watershed Project, Wildlands Network and Hells Canyon Preservation Network.
From my latest issue of “Endangered earth,” the weekly e-newsletter of the Center for Biological Diversity:
“In a bizarre legal filing, the NRA included testimony from one of its members describing a ‘most life-threatening encounter with wolves’ in which he threw snowballs at 30 wolves and they . . . ran away. When will the horror end?
“Wolves in the northern Rockies have much more to worry about than NRA snowballs: More than a hundred have been mowed down by state and private gunmen since the species was removed from the endangered species list.”
Read more about this in a story by Eve Byron in the Helena, Montana, Independent Record: