Fish and Wildlife Services may take gray wolves off endangered list for hunters

The United States Fish and Wildlife Services spokesman issued a statement on Thursday stating the agency has begun reviewing the status of gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)

According to The Hill, Gavin Shire stated the following:

“Working closely with our federal, state, tribal and local partners, we will assess the currently listed gray wolf entities in the lower 48 states using the best available scientific information. If appropriate, the Service will publish a proposal to revise the wolf’s status in the Federal Register by the end of the calendar year. Any proposal will follow a robust, transparent and open public process that will provide opportunity for public comment.”

Farmers and ranchers nearly shot, trapped and poisoned gray wolves into extinction until the few remaining wolves and their future generations protected. In some parts of the country, wolves have made a healthy comeback, however environmental groups contend it is too early to take the wolves off the endangered list since wolf populations are still very scarce in other areas of the lower 48 states.

“Time and again the courts have told the service that wolves need further recovery before their protections can be removed,” said Collette Adkins, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “But the agency is dead set on appeasing special interests who want to kill these amazing animals.”

One year ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service applied to remove protections for grizzly bears. The first hunt for grizzly bears in 43 years is scheduled to take place in September with hunters being allowed to shoot as many as 22 grizzlies east of Yellowstone National Park. Idaho will allow one grizzly to be killed. Montana has decided to forego the hunting. Bears in Yellowstone National Park are still protected.

Grizzly bears are not used for their meat; instead they are trophy kills. Many tribal nations have opposed the hunt since they believe the animals are sacred. Several lawsuits have been filed, and there is still a chance the season could be postponed or canceled.

In 2017, a federal appeals court ruled against the Interior Department’s decision to strip the protections for the endangered gray wolves thus prohibiting hunters from tracking and killing them. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia stated that although the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the authority to group wolves into different regions, it does not have the authority to remove them from the endangered list without considering the impact on the entire species in their range.

Another bill to remove the wolves from the endangered list is pending in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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5 replies
  1. Marni Montanez says:

    If they would leave wild life alone, they would balance each other out. there is the predator and the prey. Yes, I hate it, but that’s how it works. Humans unbalance everything.

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  2. J. Martin says:

    LISTEN YOU STUPID FUCKWADS in the U.S Fish & Wildlife Services. … Stop allowing these vile BASTARDS .. laughingly referred to as “hunters” any chance available to kill any species on the endangered list. Do nothing but MORONS work for you??? Maybe what is needed are for people to start shooting you dickheads. There’s too many of you around .. so it’s not likely YOU WOULD EVER HAVE TO WORRY about becoming totally extinct. Although most of us would LOVE to see that happen

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  3. Nancy Raymond says:

    I believe little to nothing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency claims – this is just another reason to incur money from licensing hunters to go and kill more wolves – this agency is only attempting to put more money in their coffers at the expense of wolves – they care nothing about the increase or decrease of this species. IF they did, they would know that leaving the wolves alone is the only viable solution – BUT I bet they are in the pockets of ranchers and farmers who ‘claim’ wolves are harming their livestock. Just another fake government agency with dollar signs in their eyes.

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