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Gray Wolves Removed from Endangered Species List

Gray Wolves Removed from Endangered Species List

The Rocky Mountain gray wolf is no longer protected under the endangered species act. The 1,300 gray wolves in the region will now be under state management, and hunting will resume in Montana, Idaho, parts of Utah, Washington and Oregon.

Wolves in Wyoming will still be covered by federal management, but only until the state comes up with a management plan. Wolves in other areas, such as the Great Lakes region, are also likely to be removed from the list.   

“The recovery of gray wolves in the United States is a tremendous success story of the Endangered Species Act,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

“From a biological perspective, gray wolves have recovered. It is now time to return their management to states that are prepared to ensure the long-term health of the species.”

This is the first time Congress has ever removed an animal from the endangered species list. Once again there is a debate over wolves and ranchers which has been ongoing. Ranchers say that wolves are a threat to their livestock, and could even become a threat to humans if the wolf population grows too large. Environmentalists see wolves as an important part of the natural balance.

“To be sure, not everyone will be satisfied with today’s announcement,” Salazar said.

“Wolves have long been a highly charged issue but let us not lose sight of the fact that these delistings are possible because the species has recovered in these areas.”

While it is wonderful news that wolf populations have returned, it is certainly not the end of the story.

 

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11:52AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

We take the gray wolf off the endangered specis list.
Look what happens.
They now can be legally killed.
That does not make sense to me.
Keep killing these wolves and we will
sadly end up placing them back on the
endangered species list.
What have we gained?

10:29PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Q : Should people be allowed to hunt gray wolves.

A : No

And what is with the 5% that didn't vote no. Isn't this site called Care2 for a reason.

The answer should be "100% No."

Wolves are such beautiful creatures. If people keep hunting them they soon will become extinct, & how sad that would be.

10:27PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Q : Should people be allowed to hunt gray wolves.

A : No

And what is with the 5% that didn't vote no. Isn't this site called Care2 for a reason.

The answer should be "100% No."

Wolves are such beautiful creatures. If people keep hunting them they soon will become extinct, & how sad that would be.

8:47AM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subspecies_of_Canis_lupus#North_America so many wuffies, so little time

10:43PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Humans just can't wait to kill the earth off!

7:56PM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

GRAY WOLVES ARE STILL PROTECTED EVEN IF NOT BY GOVERNMENT.

8:45AM PDT on May 26, 2011

the word 'management' sounds so ominous.

6:38PM PDT on May 24, 2011

Here is a short quote from petition2congress.com's petition to have Salazar removed as the secretary of the DOI, because it makes it crystal clear what the real motives are behind this removal of protection:

"(Ken Salazar's) long family lineage in the cattle ranching business has obviously shown that he has no interest in the welfare of America's national heritage. His decisions are also influenced by lobbyists in the same line of business from which he came"

In other words, this is a "tremendous success" for cattle ranchers and hunters who will now be able to manage (kill) wolves without fear of prosecution. He says "It is now time to return their management to states that are prepared to ensure the long-term health of the species". A meaningless thing to say when you think about it. Is he having a laugh? Don't be fooled.


2:21PM PDT on May 19, 2011

De-listing a 'success'? What's a failure?

9:17AM PDT on May 18, 2011

It seems a bizarre step to take measures to improve the numbers of an endangered species, achieve it and then put them in the line of fire again.

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