June 14, 2012
They are gone, the most famous wolf pack to roam Yellowstone National Park, brought down by the mange mite, which was introduced by the state of Montana in the early 1900’s, to decimate wolves. Almost a century later they claimed the once mighty Druids.
The Druid Peak Pack IS the story of wolf reintroduction and sadly their brother wolves, outside the park, are being hunted and persecuted. The very purpose of wolf reintroduction was to restore these magnificent animals to their rightful home, after they were exterminated in all but small pockets living in Minnesota. Almost every wolf in the lower 48 was gone by the 1930’s.
The ESA was signed by President Nixon in 1973, giving wolves the protection they needed to make a comeback. Slowly, in the late seventies/ early eighties wolves returned to Northwest Montana and Glacier National Park. After a protracted battle wolves were reintroduced to their former habitat in Yellowstone National Park and Central Idaho in 1995, 1996. We were all ecstatic. The great canine was back.
Sadly the loss of the Druids is a metaphor for their wolf brothers who are being subjected to brutal state management, after the Obama administration removed their Endangered Species Protections, twice in three years, with the help of the US Senate. Wolves were sold out for Jon Tester’s Senate seat, so Democrats could hold onto their majority in the Senate. If that wasn’t bad enough the dreaded wolf delisting/budget rider included the clause “no judicial review”. Because of that betrayal wolves have literally no protections and are at the mercy of their enemies, state management.
We can’t allow the mistakes of the past to become the reality of the present. Wolves must be relisted, their ESA protections restored, before they too will go the way of the once powerful and beloved Druids.
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Video: Courtesy YouTube BBC Documentary
Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Posted in: Endangered Species Act, Yellowstone Wolves
Tags: Druid Peak Pack, ESA, President Nixon, gray wolf