The general public has until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 to submit their comments to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service on the proposed delisting of the gray wolf from the endangered and threatened species list.
Can you imagine one day explaining to your child how there once lived in the United States a beautiful majestic animal called the wolf and that it has long been extinct in the wild because of the lack of protection from poachers and trophy hunters? You might be chuckling to yourself right now at how ridiculous that sounds. No more wolves? That is impossible!
Unfortunately, the extinction of the gray wolf in the United States may become a reality if the current proposal to remove the animal from the threatened and endangered species act nationwide is approved. According to its website, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service claims the following:
The proposal comes after a comprehensive review confirmed its successful recovery in the western Great Lakes states and Northern Rockies following management actions undertaken by federal, state and local partners following the wolf’s listing under the Endangered Species Act over three decades ago…(Also,) the proposed rule is based on the best science available and incorporates new information about the gray wolf’s current and historical distribution in the contiguous United States and Mexico.
However, what the United States Fish and Wildlife Service fails to mention is the fact that back in August, the service dismissed several leading wolf researchers from participating in the scientific peer review; an essential component to passing the proposed delisting. It was discovered that these researchers signed a letter that questioned the science behind the proposal. As a result, the deadline that should have ended on October 28, 2013 was delayed to December 17th.
In addition, since the gray wolf’s delisting from the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes Regions back in 2011, a total of 2,249 wolves have been killed by hunters mainly for sport. This number of slaughtered wolves can be broken down by state as follows:
- Minnesota 494
- Wisconsin 330
- Michigan 8
- Idaho 822
- Montana 477
- Wyoming 118
Sadly, by Christmas Day, these numbers are expected to rise. If you are saddened and concerned for the gray wolf’s fate in the United States, there is still time to voice your concern. Please follow this link to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service where you will find instructions on how to submit your comments and opinions. But remember, time is of the essence as there are only five precious days left to help save the wolf from being stripped of its protection and the assault of trophy hunters and trappers that will surely follow.
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