Nature & Environment
Wolves taken off endangered species list.
By T.K. Randall
April 21, 2011 · 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 administration’s 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
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