Bushies take one last shot at wolves

Bushies take one last shot at wolves

The Bush Administration has the gray wolf in their sites one last time. Days before being booted out of office, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under George W. Bush issued a rule that will remove – again – the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list in Montana and Idaho, as well as Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan The Bushies took aim at the wolves once before, trying to delist these small isolated packs. But that ruling was thrown out by the courts last September after the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and 11 other conservation groups won a challenge in federal court. The seemingly piecemeal exclusion of wolves in the state of Wyoming in this new effort undermines efforts to address the needs of wolves and people in the region entire region. This latest move to delist the wolves – which would open the door for states to set sport hunting seasons for the animals – is a Bush administration nod to backers from from the hunting and extractive-resources interests. It's also unlikely to stand. Issued less than a week before Bush leaves office, this is one policy decision that President Barack Obama could quickly reverse after his inauguration. Failing that, the same dozen conservation groups will file an immediate lawsuit once more. Obama spokesman Nick Shapiro reported that Obama's team "will review all 11th-hour regulations and will address them once he is president." Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) who will become the Sec. of Interior next week, has also reportedly said he'd move to reverse those last-ditch efforts by the Bush administration to set bad policy before they evacuate the building! Gray wolves to lose endangered status - Los Angeles Times.
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