According to a November 29 article in the Washington Post, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made a back-room pledge to Western governors yesterday that the administration will back congressional efforts to strip gray wolves of their endangered species status.
Some of the congressional legislation being proposed would remove protection from all gray wolves, including the Mexican gray wolf, even though less than 50 remain in the wild!
Salazar also issued a public statement yesterday that he supported legislative delisting for gray wolves. The Endangered Species Act requires that decisions on delisting be based on the best available science, and never before has a species been taken off the endangered species list by an act of Congress that would amend the act.
This is outrageous, and hugely disappointing, especially coming from an administration that has made strong promises to base decisions on science, not politics! And it violates the integrity of the Endangered Species Act by setting a destructive precedent for removing endangered species protections from any animal that faces political opposition.
Supporters of wolves and other wildlife need to flood the White House with protests against the Secretary’s plan to use Congress for an end-run around the Endangered Species Act.
Please, call or write right away and tell everyone you know to do the same. None of our wildlife is safe if the Obama administration is willing to let political considerations trump science and law.
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Photo credit: Mexican gray wolf family courtesy of the Endangered Wolf Center