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Fri Apr 26, 2013, 11:47 PM

Guardian - Obama Administration On Verge Of Ending All Gray Wolf Protections In Lower 48

The Obama administration was on Friday on the verge of lifting protection for grey wolves across most of the country, ending a 20-year effort to bring the animals back to their historic range.

The move would withdraw protection in all lower 48 states for an iconic animal which is seen by its defenders as a symbol of the wide open spaces of the Rocky Mountain West and by cattle ranchers as a plague on their herds. Only a small population of about 75 Mexican gray wolves, in Arizona and New Mexico, would remain under federal government protection, according to the Los Angeles Times, which obtained a draft of the rule. The US Fish and Wildlife Service told reporters the new rule was still under review, and would be open for public comment.

The decision had been expected for some time. After being hunted into extinction at the beginning of the 20th century, as an official government policy, wolf populations had rebounded in states like Montana, Idaho and Wyoming after the species was re-introduced. The Obama administration ended protections for wolves in those states in 2011, because of the strong recovery.

The federal government also allowed hunting in the Rocky Mountain West leading to the death last year of 10 wolves in the area around the Yellowstone national park, including seven which were wearing radio collars. One of those was the Alpha Female No 6, arguably the most photographed wolf. The administration continued to monitor pack populations, and was prepared to reintroduce protections if needed.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/apr/26/grey-wolves-wolf-protection-end-obama

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Reply Guardian - Obama Administration On Verge Of Ending All Gray Wolf Protections In Lower 48 (Original post)
hatrack Apr 2013 OP
mrdmk Apr 2013 #1
neverforget Apr 2013 #2
lunasun Apr 2013 #3
villager Apr 2013 #4
stuntcat Apr 2013 #5
villager Apr 2013 #6
gejohnston Apr 2013 #7

Response to hatrack (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 12:00 AM

1. They are prepared to reintroduce protections if needed

Right, after fifty 5 year studies would they reintroduce the protections.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 12:03 AM

2. Obviously nothing was learned in their disappearance from the lower 48.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 01:01 AM

4. More failure and betrayal from this administration

 

n/t

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Response to villager (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 03:28 PM

5. yep, and I'm a one-issue voter

But I didn't have anyone else to vote for.
Well I also don't have any hope....

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Response to stuntcat (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 28, 2013, 04:38 PM

6. Well, everything else is subsumed to the "one issue" of "the environment"

 

Our corrupt media and political caste are just unable to acknowledge it.

Yet.

And then they do... it will doubtless be too late....

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Sun Apr 28, 2013, 06:19 PM

7. I hope he doesn't

I thought they were limited to NW Wyoming, but saw one in the SW part of the state.

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