Having failed to attach a wolf-killing "rider" onto December's massive end-of-year government-funding bill, the enemies of wolves have tacked the provision onto a bill that's largely intended to ensure access to public lands for lawful hunting and fishing. The bill's new section would remove wolves from the endangered species list in Wyoming, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and portions of other midwestern states.
Federal law calls for taking animals off the protected list only when science determines they no longer face extinction throughout the significant parts of their range. Wolves haven't yet met that threshold. If Congress bypasses the Endangered Species Act by stripping wolves' protection prematurely, hundreds of wolves will be killed -- further imperiling the existence of this beautiful, intelligent and social mammal.
New Mexicoís U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, an original sponsor of Senate Bill 405, the "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2016," supports science-based wildlife recovery. Now that his bill has been commandeered by anti-wolf zealots, he should withdraw his sponsorship.
February 5, 2016 Action Alert ID# 333
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