Group pushes wolves from coast to coast

The Center for Biological Diversity
(CBD) has entered the fray over the listing of wolves on the
Endangered Species List.  Last week, the group asked the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service (FWS) to develop a plan to introduce wofves
across the nation.

 

The  petition to FWS called for a nationwide
“recovery” program for the wolves, something they say has not been
developed.

 

The Center also stated in its
release, “existing recovery plans for wolves in the northern Rocky
Mountains and upper Midwest are out of date and apply to a small
fraction of the wolf’s historic range” and that wolf populations be
established in “suitable habitat in the Pacific Northwest,
California, Great Basin, southern Rocky Mountains, Great Plains and
New England.”

 

The CBD is basically asking the
Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce wolves to areas where they
have not existed in decades.  This raises numerous issues.

 

Sportsmen throughout the Great
Lakes area, where wolves have long been on the Endangered Species
List, have seen their hunting dogs attacked by wolves for years. 
Farmers in the Great Lakes and the Rocky Mountain regions have
spent years dealing with wolf predation of their livestock. 
Expanding the area where wolves reside will only increase these
problems.

 

“In this group’s dream world,
wolves will be roaming from coast to coast and states will be
handcuffed in their ability to effectively manage them as they will
all be under Endangered Species Act protection,” said Rob Sexton,
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) vice president for government
affairs. “This could easily open the door for many negative
consequences for American communities.”

 

The FWS will now review the
petition.  Should it agree with the petition or be forced to
implement it through court action, the entire national wolf policy
will have to be rewritten.

 

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