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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday the Obama administration will let stand a last-minute Bush administration decision that would remove the gray wolf from the list of threatened and endangered species.
The wolf will no longer be protected in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Utah, as well as in parts of Washington state. It will remain a protected species in Wyoming, though.
At a press conference Friday, Salazar called the wolf's recovery "one of the great success stories of the Endangered Species Act." First included on the protected list in 1974, there are now more than 5,500 gray wolves in the U.S.
Originally posted by theRiverGoddess
It's a sad day !!!
President Obama ended the protection of the Gray Wolves
More than 9,000 hunters in Idaho already have bought tags allowing them to kill a wolf.
(I am sure Sarah Palin is smiling big & bright at THIS)
I wonder what EXACTLY brought on this tragic event for the wolves. Was is hunters petitions? Was it cattle ranchers?
I personally KNOW some cattle ranchers in Idaho & Montana and they do NOT have a 'wolf problem' at all.
What a messed up backwards day for environmentalists, and animal lovers alike.
March 6, 2009
The Obama administration had ordered a review of the decision made by the Bush administration shortly before departing. Salazar said he had concluded that dropping the wolf from the list was justified by its strong comeback in the two regions, which together have a population of nearly 5,600 wolves.
Wolves elsewhere in the Lower 48 states remain on the endangered list.
“Clearly, wolves are restored in the Rocky Mountains,” said Ed Bangs, the wolf recovery coordinator for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in Helena, Mont. “They’re always going to be here, and nobody is talking about getting rid of all the wolves. That’s never going to happen. The population is doing great. There are not genetic problems. There are not connectivity problems.”
Mr. Bangs added, “But they’re starting to cause a lot of problems, and the question is what’s the best tool for the future management of wolves.”
He said the wolves had caused about $1 million in livestock losses and other damage.
In a way it's great news because
this means that wolf populations in the wild are so successfully
established that their numbers are no longer in danger.
Originally posted by sanchoearlyjones
reply to post by Asktheanimals
Also, I believe a more sinister reason is present. I believe the wolves just like bison, and grizzly(in Alaska) are being hunted down in numbers to ***weaken the spiritual energy of the Earth*** I think it ties into 2012, and a need to weaken the planet, and the People of the planet.
Just my two pesos.