Confused you are? Worried you are?
Is Yoda working for USFWS, have they hired him to play Jedi mind tricks on us? Don’t they know we’ve all seen Star Wars?
Does USFWS believe Yoda can hypnotize us? We’re not “weak-minded fools” falling for the BS they routinely dish out about wolves!
We’re on to you USFWS and your wolf hating friends in high places. You’d like nothing better than to see wolves gone from the lower 48 as you plan to remove the grizzly bear’s protections. C’mon, stop pretending your wolf delisting nonsense is based on science. Isn’t your real goal a predator free landscape for Agribusiness?
Recently USFWS made a mockery of the so-called independent peer review of their national wolf delisting proposal.
“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that it will put on hold the scientific peer review of its proposal to remove protections for gray wolves across the country while it reviews its own actions leading to the disqualification of three scientists from the review panel.
Last week it was revealed that three scientists were excluded from the peer review because they signed a letter calling into question some of the science behind the proposal to delist the gray wolf. While the Service initially claimed that it had not asked for the three scientists to be removed, emails between the contractor supervising the peer review process and the scientists themselves confirmed that the Service had in fact done exactly that.”..….Center For Biological Diversity
Of course this fiasco was a bump in the road for USFWS in their inexorable march toward national wolf delisting They’ve now extended the public comment period from September 11 to October 28, 2013 AND scheduled 3 public hearings on the national wolf delisting . I guess they believe it will placate us into thinking they actually care what we think.
The public hearing schedule.
• September 30, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in Washington, DC.
• October 2, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in Sacramento, California.
• October 4, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Albuquerque, New Mexico
The poll’s findings demonstrate that a majority of voters understand and support what our leading wolf researchers are telling us — that wolves have not recovered and should be returned to hundreds of thousands of acres of prime but uninhabited wolf territory in places like California, the Northwest, southern Rockies and Northeast.
The poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe wolves are a “vital part of America’s wilderness and natural heritage,” and should be allowed to play their role in nature. Such views are supported by decades of research showing that wolves create a cascade of changes that benefit a wide range of species, including songbirds, fishes, foxes, pronghorn and many others.
Why is the USFWS and Obama administration pushing a national wolf delisting when the American people are clearly against it? The answer is crystal clear, the AG industry, ranchers and hunting groups have undue influence over wildlife policy. Clearly USFWS is tone deaf when it comes to wolves and average Americans and only seem to listen to certain “stakeholders”, namely ones that represent cows and hunting.
Please comment by the deadline of October 28, 2013. Don’t let them get away with stripping wolves of their ESA protections, leaving wolves at the total mercy of the states. We’ve all seen the result of that in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming with Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan not far behind. Thousands of wolves have been slaughtered since 2009 and if Federal protections are removed the states won’t even be required to keep token populations of wolves. It will be extermination, part 2 and they are well on their way toward that goal right now.
This is the wolf’s last stand in the lower 48, The dream of expanding the range of canis lupus will die in America and never raise it’s head again, if we don’t act. I’m sorry to be so blunt. but this is where the rubber meets the road and if you’re not willing to get actively involved NOW, then we’ll have nobody to blame but ourselves.
As proof the USFWS lacks sincerity concerning wolves, one only has to re-visit the 2009 delisting of gray wolves by the Obama administration. Prior to 2009, for more than a decade, the USFWS refused to accept Wyoming’s “wolf management plan”, which included a “predator zone” where wolves could be killed on sight by any means, even poison, anytime of the day or night, encompassing over 80% of the state. (Sadly that is now a reality) To get around this problem the USFWS delisted only Montana and Idaho wolves in 2009, leaving Wyoming wolves protected. A lawsuit was filed by environmental groups challenging the delisting but the first wolf hunts since the 1940’s went forward. Over 500 wolves died in the Northern Rockies that year, due to hunting, poaching and Wildlife Service killings. In August 2010 Judge Donald Molloy finally ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and wolves in the Northern Rockies were returned to the Endangered Species List, the wolf hunts cancelled. Judge Molloy was having none of USFWS attempt to cut Wyoming out of the equation, so they could delist wolves in Montana and Idaho. He wrote:
“The northern Rocky Mountain DPS must be listed, or delisted, as a distinct population and protected accordingly.”
Read his full decision here.
As you can see the USFWS has been trying to delist wolves for a very long time. After Judge Molloy’s decision the USFWS changed their position on Wyoming’s “wolf plan” and accepted the egregious “predator zone” plan. Apparently they will go to any lengths to see wolves stripped of their protections and given over to hostile state game agencies where wolves are already being decimated.
Removing the Gray Wolf from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Maintaining Protections for the Mexican Wolf by Listing It as Endangered
SIGN SIERRA CLUB PETITION TO STOP DELISTING
11th Hour for Wolves
Target: Sally Jewell
FWS blasted for attempt to remove protections from gray wolves
Romeo Sweet Romeo – In Memory Of The Thousands Of Fallen wolves
Top Photo: Courtesy Huffington Post
Bottom Photo: Courtesy John Hyde
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Activism, Wolf Warriors
Tags: USFWS, Obama Administration, Stop national wolf delisting, take action, gray wolves, wolf persecution. Romeo