Gray wolves have been in the federal government’s crosshairs for years, but the latest proposal the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering is the most drastic anti-wolf policy yet. If the plan goes forward, nearly every Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves in the contiguous 48 states would be gone.
It wasn’t that long ago that we were desperate to get more wolves in the wild. These predators serve an incredibly important role in western ecosystems, keeping other wildlife in check. Restoring wolves to Yellowstone in the 1990s restored balance to the ecosystem.
But once wolves started recovering, it didn’t take long for anti-wolf activists to start chipping away at their protections. As wolves lost federal protections, states have started allowing wolf hunting with quotas so high they could wipe out entire populations. We’ve worked so hard to ensure wolves have a place in the wild. We can’t let it all go to waste.
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I got this in email and thought it worth sharing-it boggles the mind and the heart that some people really don’t mind exterminating an entire species from the face of the Earth for either their convenience or their misconceptions. We can only hope that the growing awareness and perspective Shift going on will drag enough people into common sense before it is too late.
I don’t understand why people can’t get over that whole “humans are the only thing that counts” attitude, and learn to live with other parts of nature, indeed become the functioning *part* of nature we once were and should be. We don’t need to kill off (ie eliminate)other creatures to survive, indeed we may ensure our own extinction best by increasing the extinction of other species!