Recently congress voted to delist the gray wolves of the Northern Rocky Mountain region from the Endangered Species Act and turn 'wolf management' over to the states. This decision was NOT based on science, but rather on the demand of special interest groups, and political agendas. More recently, Michigan congress woman, Candace Miller, proposed to delist ALL the wolves in America from federal protection and turn them over to the states.
In the past state management has proved to be disasterous for wolves, driven to the brink of extinction! This time promises to be no different as the states gear up with enthusiatic hunters and webpages anticipating arrowing wolves to death, luring them with scent and recorded callings, trapping them in steel traps and snare traps, poisoning, and shooting. Many governors of these states are avid hunters and in the 'extreme' anti-wolf camp. Some sites even advising how 'not to kill the wolf instantly, but to let him suffer longer' . THEIR words!
We simply cannot turn our wolves over to the states. If ever science determines that the wolf is not an endangered species, these animals must continue to be managed by the federal government under a different category. Wolves are an iconic keystone predator, keeping herds healthy and ecological systems balanced.
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