Posted by: kinshipcircle | May 20, 2009

TROPHY HUNTERS TO PREY ON DELISTED WOLVES

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5/19/09: Trophy Hunters To Prey On Delisted Wolves

Wolves
On 1/14/09, an Interior Department rule under the Bush Administration
removed gray wolves in the western Great Lakes and northern Rocky Mountains
regions from the federal endangered species list. Then Obama froze and
seemingly overturned this decision. In round 3, new Interior Secretary Ken
Salazar once again stripped wolves of their protected status.
Photo: National Geographic, Joel Sartore

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U.S. Department of the Interior
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Dr. Rowan W. Gould, Acting Director
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Dear Secretary Salazar and Acting Director Gould:

I applaud the Obama administration for reviewing many Bush-era rules that
harm environment and wildlife. Unfortunately, science-based progress froze
when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar okayed the removal of gray wolves from
the Endangered Species list in the Northern Rockies and western Great Lakes.

For more than 1,000 wolves between Greater Yellowstone and Glacier National
Park, this means open season. In fact, Idaho Gov. C.L. Butch Otter told
reporters his state is “really counting on a robust population of trophy
animals” to gun down.

With breeding season in full swing since April, pregnant females and pups
are among those caught in the crossfire. Please don’t relinquish wolf
management to Montana, Idaho and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah, along
with Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Wolves are key to thriving ecosystems. When the Bush/Cheney administration
delisted them, a federal judge reinstated all safeguards. Once again,
wildlife/environment groups are in court to challenge this ill-advised
decision. We cannot stand by as the largest wolf slaughter in the lower 48
United States unfolds.

Less than a year ago, 11 conservation groups argued (and won) that wolf
populations had not rebounded. Wolf numbers still don’t add up to biological
recovery status. Yellowstone populations have dropped 27% in the last year.
Moreover, delisting wolves does not consider their long-term survival.

At the very least, I urge suspension of this reckless plan until it
undergoes the type of scientific scrutiny the Obama administration
advocates.

Thank you,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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Natural Resources Defense Council
http://www.nrdconline.org
Gray Wolves To Be Removed From Endangered Species List
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/06/gray-wolves-to-be-removed_n_172589.html
Salazar Approves Removing Gray Wolves From Endangered Species List
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/03/06/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry4849589.shtml
Interior Secretary Announces Wolf Delisting; Conservation Groups Will
Challenge Removal of Essential Federal Protections
http://www.hsus.org/press_and_publications/press_releases/wolf_delisting_announced_030609.html

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