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Wolves taken off endangered species list.

By T.K. Randall
April 21, 2011 · Comment icon 80 comments



Image Credit: CC 2.5 Malene Thyssen
Federal wildlife officials will soon take wolves in the western US off the endangered species list.
In an unprecedented step, Congress has chosen to remove wolves from the endangered species list in several western States within the next two months. Public hunts are already scheduled in Idaho and Montana with protection remaining in place in Wyoming due to the state's shoot-on-sight law for predators. Many fear this will open the door to other political medling by those who want to cater to anti-wildlife groups.
The Endangered Species Act has long been reviled by conservatives who see it as a hindrance to economic development. Now, the Obama administrationís support for the wolf provision signals that protections for even the most imperiled animals, fish and plants are negotiable given enough political pressure, experts said.


Source: Washington Post | Comments (80)


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Comment icon #71 Posted by odiesbsc 12 years ago
It's just a name, they're also called panthers but most people picture the black ones from the jungle when they hear that word. Mountain lions and regular African lions are two different things. I know they're two different things. The point being, is you critisized another member for using the term "lion" and pointed out that lions are found in Africa. I am pointing out that a good many people in the US use the term "mountain lion" or "lion" when speaking of cougers. I am very sure that the member knows fully well that lions are found in Africa. Odie
Comment icon #72 Posted by ~TheBigK~ 12 years ago
I know they're two different things. The point being, is you critisized another member for using the term "lion" and pointed out that lions are found in Africa. I am pointing out that a good many people in the US use the term "mountain lion" or "lion" when speaking of cougers. I am very sure that the member knows fully well that lions are found in Africa. Odie I didn't criticize anyone. I just thought it was silly to nitpick at something like this. I'm sure SC knows people in the US use the term mountain lion, but I don't think many people call them just "lions."
Comment icon #73 Posted by Sakari 12 years ago
I know they're two different things. The point being, is you critisized another member for using the term "lion" and pointed out that lions are found in Africa. I am pointing out that a good many people in the US use the term "mountain lion" or "lion" when speaking of cougers. I am very sure that the member knows fully well that lions are found in Africa. Odie I didn't criticize anyone. I just thought it was silly to nitpick at something like this. I'm sure SC knows people in the US use the term mountain lion, but I don't think many people call them just "lions." I call them Cats In Nevada we ... [More]
Comment icon #74 Posted by SilverCougar 12 years ago
Bolding and underlining mine. Have you ever heard of a "mountain lion" ? If you haven't, then you don't know diddley squat about what you're talking about. Cougar, puma, mountain lion, Deer tiger, Devil's cat, Florida panther, painter, panther. Never once were felis concolor was ever called just "lion". Even being called panther is wrong, as the only true panther is the leopard. Even Cougar's genus name isn't the same as Lions, tigers and leopards. They're Panthera. Cougars are same as domesticated cats. Felis. They are one of the only large cats that can actually purr like small cats. They ra... [More]
Comment icon #75 Posted by ~TheBigK~ 12 years ago
I call them Cats In Nevada we call them Mountain Lions, in Oregon they call them Cougars....At Um they may be called a Giant Hyrax..... This topic lost what it was about....Kind of sad... From what I've been able to tell they're just referred to as Cougars or Mountain Lions around here. Not Hyrax's though. Hopefully it gets back on track, obviously it's an important issue to some of us. It would be nice to have someone who can debate properly though.
Comment icon #76 Posted by SilverCougar 12 years ago
From what I've been able to tell they're just referred to as Cougars or Mountain Lions around here. Not Hyrax's though. Hopefully it gets back on track, obviously it's an important issue to some of us. It would be nice to have someone who can debate properly though. Hyrax.. hmn, never been called that. Rummy, yes.. alcoholic cat.. definitely.. But yes .. back to the track demmit.
Comment icon #77 Posted by Taut 12 years ago
Ok, let me enlighten those who care. Ever see something you just simply can't make sense of, like this? Well, look for the money. Montana and several other western states are cattle states. There is a huge cattlemen's lobby in each of them. The wolves were reintroduced with the thought that they would be culling the herds of Elk, Deer, etc and keeping them healthy. Unfortunately cattle are lot more stupid than Elk and Deer and a lot less dangerous in terms of injury risk during the pack hunt, and a lot slower. So, of course the wolves kill cattle instead of all the work it requires to kill the... [More]
Comment icon #78 Posted by SilverCougar 12 years ago
Taut... you do realize that the ranchers lose more cattle to feral dogs/coydogs and diseases then wolves right? In fact a good number of a "wolf pack" seen killing a calf or cow is really a pack of feral dogs... Wolves get the bad rap because people can't ditch the big bad wolf paranoia. However, you are right bout the greed issue as well, which we all knew.
Comment icon #79 Posted by wolfieboy 12 years ago
it would be nice if all permits to hunt a predator required the applicant to first be the prey of said chosen predator. if the applicant survives he or she then qualifies to hunt said predator. lay it out on a open field of play. if you have the savoy to survive then you may have the savoy to know when and if to take down the predator.
Comment icon #80 Posted by Sakari 12 years ago
Ok, let me enlighten those who care. Ever see something you just simply can't make sense of, like this? Well, look for the money. Montana and several other western states are cattle states. There is a huge cattlemen's lobby in each of them. The wolves were reintroduced with the thought that they would be culling the herds of Elk, Deer, etc and keeping them healthy. Unfortunately cattle are lot more stupid than Elk and Deer and a lot less dangerous in terms of injury risk during the pack hunt, and a lot slower. So, of course the wolves kill cattle instead of all the work it requires to kill the... [More]


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