U.S. Congress Removes Wolves from Endangered Species List — A Legislative First

Congress, for the first time ever, has removed an animal from the Endangered Species List. Unfortunately, for the northern Rocky Mountain grey wolf, it was caught in the crossfire (soon to be literally!) of last Friday’s Federal Budget compromise and is no longer considered endangered.

“The Environmental Protection Agency was cut by $1.6 billion, a 16-percent reduction, and lawmakers from Western states were able to include a rider allowing states to de-list wolves from the endangered species list,” explains Brian Merchant, about Friday’s decision. The rider puts the management of grey wolves in the hands of both Montana and Idaho. Though, just last week a, federal judge bucked this idea because he felt it would actually increase commercial wolf hunts within those states.

Whats’ really obscene to me is that Congress has actually set this precedent. Okay, it’s not really the first time. Congress did inadvertently delist an endangered Tennessee fish called the snail darter by approving a dam originally slated to protect the fish. But the difference being that Congress was not overturning scientific findings, it was a legislative loophole.

While Obama and Reid stood firm against attacks on the Clean Air Act, they clearly caved to pressure from special interest groups on this matter. However, I am not really surprised that Obama fell short here as he did back the Bush administration’s attempt at delisting the animal before. However, the HuffPo points out that wildlife advocates could very well pressure Obama and Reid with an ad campaign, much like the Palin-centric one above.

The ad worked in spades — according to independent research by the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, it was one of the most effective spots of the entire 2008 election cycle. According to Glenn Kesller of HCD Research, which conducted the study: The ad which focuses on Governor Palin’s record regarding the treatment of wildlife in Alaska seemed to strike a chord with voters. The recent ads from both parties have had little impact among voters. This is the first ad in over a month that seems to have broken through. (source)

All may not be lost for the grey wolf just yet. Conservation groups, hunters and Defenders of Wildlife just stopped a piece of Montana Legislature that would have expanded wolf-killing on private property. The proposed Montana Wolf Control Act (SB 414) made it legal for anyone to shoot a wolf at any time, for any reason, on private land.

You can tell Congress to remove the outrageous wolf-delisting rider from the 2011 budget here. Regardless, it seems like it is a good day to be an elk in Montana.

Source: Yale Environment 360

This post was originally published by Treehugger.

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Written by Jerry James Stone for Treehugger

161 comments

Sophia M.
Sophia M.4 years ago

The hunting of wolves is cruel and plainly inhumane. When I saw the video of the wolf being chased, I nearly cried. :'(

Jerry t.
Jerold t.4 years ago

Well, whatever the nay sayers say, it won't be long before we all know what it means to be on a list.
"Larn ya youngn's ta hunt, 'n ya'll larn 'em ta rayspeck naysure".

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

When do we figure out on our own how to protect wildlife?

Shanie M.
Shanie Mangulin5 years ago

Is Congress not aware that the Grey Wolf had to be re-introduced to Montana and Idaho from Canada due to depopulation? And are they not aware that wolves control the rodent populations that ravage grain crops as well as pasture? What is wrong with these people! In fact, there is now some research that demonstrates the value of the re-introduction of wolf populations in the control of a number of animal populations which were destroying both food & pastureage crops. We need balance, people! You wipe out the control population & eventually you wipe out the human population.

Misty Shock
Misty Shock5 years ago

Wolves need to be protected! Put them back on the endangered list now!

Jovita Prinz
jovita p.5 years ago

IT´S A SHAME, WHO´S THE MAN TO PLAY A DIRTY GAME WITH ANIMALS. THE BORN FREE, MEN GAVE THEM RIGHTS AND THEN VIOLATED THEM WITHOUT ANY CONSEQUENCES. ALWAYS THE ECONOMICAL INTERESTINGS BEHIND A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE : THE LIFE OF A LIVING CREATURE. IT SHOULDN´T BE AN ISSUE TO VOTE. IT´S DEEPLY CLEAR: THEY DO HAVE RIGHT TO LIFE, TO PROTECTION AND FREEDOM. WHEN MEN CHANGE IN A NEGATIVE WAY THE ENVIRONMENT, THEN HE WANTS TO CREATE A DIFERENT SITUATION BY SACRIFING SPECIES
THE ONLY GUILTY OF THE CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE NO HARMONIUS STATE ON EARTH IS THE HUMANITY. FIRST LOOK THEMSELVES AND CHANGE THEMSELVES INSTEAD OF HURTING AND KILLING THE OTHER LIVING BEINGS: THEY ARE INOCENT AND THEY ARE MODELS FOR US TO FOLLOW UP

Ellen Mccabe
Ellen m.5 years ago

To C.P...it just keeps getting weirder..the reason you like animals is because you like doing TAXIDERMY!!!! And "FIGHTING/YELLING AT PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET!!???? Well, I do see how you can get that to happen. How about you keep clicking, but layoff the dialogue untill you find out where you're really coming from. Peace out.

Ellen Mccabe
Ellen m.5 years ago

To Colleen P...why are you griping aboit this being an "animal issue". What gave it away? Then you go on about "us animal rights people...more prone to harm other people".Oh no, you found our hidden agenda!!!!!! By the way, on your profile page you say you want to help "endangered species". It sure doesn't sound like it. Put down that pipe girl, whatever your smoking doesn't agree with you. Or you to me.

Ellen Mccabe
Ellen m.5 years ago

I don't know about Idaho, but yhe grey wolves in Montana are in grave trouble. Gov. Schweister won't even accept mine, and many others emails on the fact that he has allowed the slaughter of hundreds of Yellowstone bison, and has the audacity to brag that he's killed more bison than any other govenor! So I don't see the grey wolves having any better luck. Please check out the website bfc@wildrockies.org to see what i'm taking about and how you might be able to help. Please.

colleen prinssen
colleen p.5 years ago

this is an animal topic. people only care for the animal. they won't care about giving homes to homeless, because that means a fox will be without a home.

being on care2 has made me beleive animal rights people are more prone to want to do harm to other humans.