2009 Revisited – Gray Wolves in the Crosshairs

gray wolf

April 28. 2016

 In order to understand wolf persecution, as it stands today, it’s our obligation to look back and re-visit the Obama administration’s war against wolves, which started with the delisting of Northern Rockies gray wolves in the Spring of 2009, four months after the President took office. His rancher Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, wasted no time stripping wolves of their ESA protections. Idaho and Montana almost immediately proposed wolf hunts that started in the fall.

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September 16, 2009

The gray wolf stands at a crossroads in the lower 48.  Stripped of their Endangered Species status by the Obama administration,  they are left unprotected from the guns in Montana and Idaho. The first federally sanctioned wolf hunts in the Continental US are taking place as I write this.  Thanks Ken Salazar for allowing the de-listing of wolves to stand.  I thought a Democrat administration would be different, apparently it’s business as usual in wolf country.

Idaho’s hunt started on September 1st, with a quota of 220 wolves from a population of 875.  That’s one-fourth of Idaho’s wolves.  Montana’s hunt began Sept 15, 75 wolves are slated for execution. How did it come to this?

The purpose of this blog is to explore that question and try to understand why this magnificent apex predator is so misunderstood and hated, merely because they exist. I welcome your comments and opinions wolf lovers.

Meanwhile a federal judge in Missoula, Montana holds the fate of gray wolves in his hands. Thirteen environmental groups filed a lawsuit opposing the de-listing and asked Judge Molloy to grant an injunction to stop the wolf hunts, while the lawsuit was pending.

The judge issued a partial ruling on September 8th denying the injunction to stop the hunts but stated the plaintiffs opposing the de-listing were likely to prevail on the merits of the case. Small comfort for the wolf as it’s being hunted. Male, female wolves and pups of the year can be taken. Yes, apparently it’s OK to hunt PUPPIES!!

The war against wolves continues unabated.

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Photo: wolf wallpaper

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Howling for Justice

Tags: gray wolf/canis lupus, Montana wolves, Idaho wolves, wolf intolerance, wolf myths, President Obama, Ken Salazar, Department of the Interior, gray wolves delisted

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Idaho Wolves Howling For Justice…..

Update: March 27, 2012

I see the trapper website where those horrible images of the trapped and doomed wolf  reside has been password protected so you won’t be able to access the site through the KOS article, which is still up BTW. But the images are all over Facebook, not hard to find. The one thing trappers don’t want is for people to see the suffering they cause. Big mistake on their part posting those pictures but we’re thankful they were posted because the wolf won’t have suffered and died in vain. Now his pain  has been exposed for all the world to see and it’s uglier than anything I’ve ever witnessed and will stay with me all of my days. Rest in peace beautiful black wolf, we have your back.

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The Daily KOS spells out the terrible situation Idaho wolves find themselves in. The brutality and cruelty are escalating. With the addition of trapping and snaring to IDFG’s bag of tricks the suffering quotient for wolves has climbed dramatically.  The situation is spinning out of control.

Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 10:28 AM PDT

Idaho wolves in serious trouble

by Gallatin

Ever since Obama and John Tester worked to remove wolves from the endangered species list for political purposes, it’s been bad times for wolves. Of course, there’s a track record for all of this. It was the failure of the states that initially killed off the wolves to begin with, forcing them into the government’s hands and the Endangered Species List.

It looks like the states are at it again, and this time Idaho is leading the path to extermination.

There were many of us who cried foul when Tester introduced a rider that would undermine the ESA, the first of its kind, opening the door for wholesale destruction of species by single interests. It was even more shocking when Obama signed the bill into law.

Reasonable people would expect a few wolves to be killed with rifles, and that many of these would be clean. But there’s nothing reasonable about the wolf hate in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

Recent images have become available of a trapped wolf at the far end of a blood circle in the snow. In the photo, a hunter appears to be smiling for a pose. Posters to the website indicate the wolf was shot at while it waited for the trapper to return. Who knows how long it was there, but it looked like quite a while with all that blood in the snow.

Read More

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/26/1077348/-Idaho-wolves-in-serious-trouble-graphic-images-

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Contact information is included in the article for President Obama and Senator Tester. Please use them!!

Idaho wolves need protection from the hate.

IDAHO: 364 wolves killed. (368 Wolves Killed (251 shot, 117 trapped or snared)

 (3/26/12)

535 Wolves DEAD in Idaho/Montana hunts 

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Photo: http://candleinthedarkness.com/

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho Wolves, Animal Cruelty

Tags:  Idaho wolves, trapping cruelty, wolves suffering, speak out, Senator Tester, President Obama

Thanks To Obama and Congress, Horse Slaughter Is Again Legal In US…

Is there no end to the damage this Congress and President Obama will inflict on innocent animals?  In the middle of one of the worst recessions/depressions in the nation’s history, it seems the only thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on is reinstating  slaughter of America’s  horses.

There is a parallel between what is happening to horses and wolves. A lack of empathy and coldness has pervaded government. With Democrats in control of the Senate, they once again came up short to protect horses. In my mind there is no longer much difference between the two parties.

First it was the wolves and the wild horses, now it’s our domestic horses, who’ve been slated to die in cruel and barbarous slaughterhouses.

On the campaign trail in 2008, Obama made this statement:

Federal policy towards animals should respect the dignity of animals and their rightful place as cohabitants of our environment. We should strive to protect animals and their habitats and prevent animal cruelty, exploitation and neglect…. I have consistently been a champion of animal-friendly legislation and policy and would continue to be so once elected.”

During the campaign Obama co-signed a bill banning horse slaughter in the US and was asked, “Will you support legislation …to institute a permanent ban on horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption“? He answered in the affirmative.

Now,  just a few short years later,  he has gone back on his campaign promise and  signed on to reinstating horse slaughter in the US.  What’s  going on with this Congress and President?

“In a bipartisan effort, the House of Representatives and the United States Senate approved the Conference Committee report on spending bill H2112, which among other things, funds the United States Department of Agriculture.  On November 18th, as the country was celebrating Thanksgiving, President Obama signed a law, allowing Americans to kill and eat horses. Essentially, one turkey was pardoned in the presence of worldwide media while in the shadows, buried under pages of fiscal regulation, millions of horses were sentenced to death.”

Forget that 70% of Americans are against slaughtering horses for human consumption. We don’t eat our pets, this meat is going to be shipped overseas to countries like Japan and Belgium, who eat horses and the American people will foot the bill for the inspection of the “meat”. In other words we are going to pay to have our horses tortured in slaughterhouses, so foreign countries can benefit. What??

And how did this sneak through, with very little coverage? By politics as usual, back room wheeling and dealing.

“The bill that effectively changed the policy was a huge spending bill covering several different agencies and departments such as the USDA.

Rep. Jim Moran, a Virginia Democrat, got an amendment passed in the House Appropriations Committee in May to continue the ban on funding inspections. But a few lawmakers stripped out the amendment before the bill was finalized, passed by both houses this month and signed into law.”

And what’s the lame excuse for lifting the ban on horse slaughter in the US? Well there are just too many dang neglected and unwanted horses don’t cha know? It’s our duty to drag these terrified animals to horrific slaughterhouses, so they can have a bolt shoved into their brains, which half the time doesn’t even kill them. Then they’re strung up to be cut into pieces, some are still alive when this happens. Yes that will be the fate of unwanted,  neglected horses. It’s simply outrageous. Anyone who understands horses knows they are a prey species and are extremely fearful. Can you even imagine the panic they would feel going through this barbaric process? It’s unimaginable.

“Simon, with the Humane Society of the United States, took issue with the argument that the domestic slaughtering ban has led to more cases of neglect and abandonment of horses, saying that the recession was the main cause. All types of animals are abandoned in economic downturns she said, because people can’t afford to take care of them.

“The vast majority of American horse owners would not choose this practice,” she said.

Moreover, she said, horses were transported long distances within the United States before the ban.

Simone Netherlands, founder of Respect4Horses, questioned the fiscal justification for opening up horse slaughter plants.

“In this time when the focus of Congress is supposedly on reducing spending and creating jobs, it is a ludicrous measure to spend tax dollars in order to reinstate an inherently cruel predatory business, from which Americans stand to gain nothing. Horse slaughter plants operating until 2007 have never created a total of more than 178 jobs,” Netherlands said.”

Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma state director of The Humane Society of the United States,  spoke out clearly against this madness.

“Americans don’t eat horses.

“And they don’t want them inhumanely killed, shrink-wrapped and sent to Japan or Belgium for a high priced appetizer. Where and how one makes a living isn’t an issue here. In our culture and in our hearts, the horse holds a lofty place. And it’s not on the barbecue grill,” Armstrong said.

Graham said Americans just need to talk and find a viable, humane solution to the issue.

“Many people think this will be humane euthanasia and they think of Fido getting put to sleep on the veterinary table. That’s not the way it is,” said Graham.

“Horses are sensitive animals and you cannot tell me the horse at the slaughter plant cannot smell the blood on the other side of the pen. They’re freaked out. They know death is coming,” she said.

This is the “humane” solution for unwanted horses? I guess those in Congress, who pushed to reinstate horse slaughter in the US, forgot or didn’t care to  do their homework on how truly nightmarish a “solution” this is.

“In most countries where horses are slaughtered for food, they are processed in a similar fashion to cattle, i.e., in large-scale factory slaughterhouses (abattoirs). Unfortunately that results in a less than acceptable rate of effectiveness rendering the horses unconscious with a captive bolt gun, due to the difference between trying to get an accurate shot on an unrestrained horse vs. an unrestrained cow. In addition, horses’ brains are set further back, so even when the shot is in the correct spot, it sometimes doesn’t render them appropriately unconscious. In the UK a captive bolt is rarely used. They are usually killed using a free bullet from a bell gun. The skull is too hard to use a captive bolt the bell end to the gun prevents the bullet ricocheting and injuring the slaughterman. They are then killed by being exsanguinated (“bled out”) by severing the jugular vein or carotid artery while suspended by the rear leg by a heavy chain shackle.” Wikipedia

Apparently the new paradigm in Congress is ramming through unpopular policies. by burying them in appropriation bills. They brutalized our wolves with this underhanded method and now history is repeating itself.

This is what passes as leadership in Congress? We need term limits and we need them badly. If it wasn’t for  gerrymandering we could boot these self-serving politicians out of office.

Thanks to Congress and President Obama, horse slaughter is once again legal in the US, condemning 120,000 to 200,000 horses to a terrible death each year.

Pro-Horse Slaughter Arguments Do Not Make Flicka Burgers Tasty

By Sylvia Cochran | Yahoo! Contributor Network

Wed, Nov 30, 2011

COMMENTARY | Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., spouts pro-horse slaughter arguments. Trying to sell the electorate on ending a “misguided ban on domestic horse slaughter,” he cites “sad cases of horse abandonment” and promises a return of “jobs shipped to Canada and Mexico,” according to his website.

 I am surprised Sen. Baucus has not seen fit to also insert the ubiquitous “for the children” argument, which legislators usually slip into taxation schemes. But then he is not selling a new indebtedness but rather a way to profit off horse slaughtering.

As a carnivore, with only a short stint of vegetarianism under her belt, I appreciate a juicy steak as much as the next person. Even so, there are some animals I won’t eat out of principle, and horses (as well as donkeys) make the list.

Call me sentimental if you like, but then tell me why it is a good idea to consume meat that was not bred for slaughter. “None of the products that we routinely use on our horses has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use on horses intended for food,” the Equine Protection Network explained when American horse slaughter was still ongoing.

The pro-horse slaughter arguments citing deplorable equine neglect also fail to hold water. The Animal Law Coalition studied the cause and effect relationship between slaughterhouse closings and increases in horse neglect. “On the question of whether the closings were the cause of a pronounced increase in abuse we find that neither the cause nor the effect actually happened,” the researchers concluded. (If you follow Sen. Baucus’ logic to the end, you would have to make a case for the mass slaughter of dogs and cats.)

Peeling away the layers of sanctimonious rhetoric gets us down to business: Cold, hard cash. The Meat Trade News outlined in 2009 that a “good commercial horse” can be sold for $500 to the meat trade. Multiply this by 9 million — the estimated number of horses in the U.S. — and you are looking at a “multibillion dollar industry.”

In its 2011 publication, it cheers a proposed Nebraska institution of a state meat inspection agency — right after wondering “who gave these money grabbing animal rights bastrads (sic) so much power.” See, the pro horse slaughter arguments really do not care about horse welfare; it’s the almighty dollar that counts.

Just be honest about it.

http://news.yahoo.com/pro-horse-slaughter-arguments-not-flicka-burgers-tasty-195500888.html

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Obama Legalizes Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption

Author: madeline bernstein
Published: November 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Read more: http://technorati.com/lifestyle/article/obama-legalizes-horse-slaughter-for-human/#ixzz1fBSI6R6u

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Are Thousands Of WILD HORSES Headed For The Slaughterhouse?

By BornToBeWild Posted November 29, 2011 (10 hours ago)

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How The Senators Voted

http://www.votesmart.org/bill/votes/37382

If you’re outraged over this travesty please use these contacts. Horses are a national treasure, they are iconic, symbols in American culture. Let these politicians know that 70% of Americans do not want horses slaughtered. This must be reversed. Speak out for the voiceless.

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President Obama

White House Phone Numbers

202-456-1414 (switchboard)
202-456-1111 (white house comment line)

comments@whitehouse.gov

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

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From the Moral Compass

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Photos: Horse Wallpaper
Photo Horse Slaughter: Courtesy SodaHead
Posted in: Horses
Tags: Horse slaughter, H.R.2112, horse suffering, Congress, President Obama, USDA, HSUS

Never Forget….

October 3, 2011

As the weekend closes 46 wolves have been slaughtered in the Montana and Idaho hunts and that number is going to skyrocket once the cold weather hits and wolves lose their cover.  Idaho wolf  trapping season begins November 15, the tortures wolves will suffer is beyond measure.  Wolf  families torn apart, their pups killed.

There are vengeful people out hunting wolves.  All you have to do is look at some of the disgusting anti-wolf sites to see the terrible things that are being said. One wanna be “wolf hunter” quoted Wyatt Earp’s famous line from Tombstone:  “You tell ’em I’M coming… and hell’s coming with me, you hear?…”.  Does that even sound rational to you?

There’s a video on YouTube filming a young kid talking about going to Idaho to kill wolves….meanwhile he’s target practicing with a 50 cal.  What??

  Wolf advocates knew this would happen, that’s why we fight so hard to protect them.  It’s a culture war out there and it has little to do with wolves.

Lets not forget who made this all possible. In April of this year 81 US Senators voted to delist wolves via budget rider, stripping wolves in Idaho and Montana of their much-needed ESA protections. It was a bitter betrayal by Senate Democrats.

Interestingly, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, allowed separate votes on two other riders in the budget bill.  One sought to defund Planned Parenthood and the other Obamacare. Both were defeated.

Wolves weren’t so lucky. The wolf rider didn’t get a separate vote,  it was the only rider left in the budget bill.  ALL Democrat Senators, save three. voted yea. I watched it on C-Span. Lots of camaraderie and smiles.  It was disgusting.  No mention of gutting the ESA or delisting wolves.

Believe it or not,  just one week before they voted to delist wolves via budget rider “Senators Patty Murray, Dianne Feinstein, Maria Cantwell, Barbara Mikulski, Debbie Stabenow, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Kay Hagan and Barbara Boxer held a press conference” blasting Republicans, for their “tactics” during the budget negotiations.  Apparently they were upset about the budget riders to defund Planned Parenthood and Obamacare but no mention of gray wolves or the ESA.

My message to the Senators, don’t grandstand about something then turn around and do the same thing.  Pot meet kettle.

From the Democrat Daily:

“If the Democratic women in the Senate defeated the use of procedurally unethical tactics to achieve a “radical agenda against women” outside the public debate, they did not succeed in preventing Democratic Senator John Tester’s “divisive policy rider” from stripping endangered species protection from gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains. 

In response to this failure, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) lamented: “It is a shameful day for this nation when both parties unite behind the slaughter of an endangered species—without public hearing or debate.”  The NRDC also noted that “Congress has never before removed an animal from the endangered species list.  By replacing scientific judgment with political calculation, the House and Senate have struck at the very heart of wildlife protection in America.”

Thus, under threat of a government shutdown, unprincipled politicians pursued an “extreme social agenda” not just against women, but also against the environment, the Endangered Species Act, the endangered grey wolf, and all Americans who hope for a future in which the integrity of our ecosystems is still preserved.”


I guess the Senators thought they’d pulled a fast one on the American people. After all, the wolf rider was not mentioned on C-Span before the vote, at least I didn’t hear it. If you were watching you’d never know gray wolves in Montana and Idaho were about to lose their ESA safeguards. It seemed Senators were simply voting on an appropriations bill.  The sad truth?  Democrats, with help from Republicans,  were about to gut the ESA and deliver wolves to brutal state management, all under cover of  a hush-hush budget rider.

And we can’t forget Obama, he signed the bill into law. But then what can we expect from a President who appointed a rancher to head the Interior? A President who delisted gray wolves in the Northern Rockies just a few months into his first term.  In fact he has delisted wolves twice in less than four years, not even George Bush can make that claim.

Make no mistake, if the Democrats had not betrayed wolves, they wouldn’t be facing hunts in Idaho and Montana. Even though hunting and ranching lobbies were pushing hard for hunts, without the help of Congress, they wouldn’t be taking place, at least not this year.  And personally I believe they would have continued to lose in court and they knew it too.  So they partnered up with Western politicians, eager to gain mileage from “wolf wars”. The worst sort of politics.

The Senate could easily have stripped the rider out of the budget bill or allowed an up or down vote on it, as  they did for the other two riders.

 In my opinion, Senators didn’t want to “go on the record” and vote for the wolf delisting rider outright, so they tucked it away in the budget bill.  The ESA was used and abused for political gain. For the first time, a species like the wolf, who has a long history of persecution and ultimately extermination in the West, was removed from the Endangered Species List for political reasons, science be damned.

The wolf delisting rider was inserted by Jon Tester to enhance his “anti-wolf” credentials for the 2012 re-election battle with opponent Denny Rehberg. The two are trying to “out-wolf” each other and are now arguing who should get credit for delisting wolves.

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Senate Democrats Who Voted Yes On Budget Bill/Wolf Delisting Rider

Akaka (D-HI)

Baucus (D-MT)

Begich (D-AK)

Bennet (D-CO)

Bingaman (D-NM)

Blumenthal (D-CT)

Boxer (D-CA)

Brown (D-OH)

Cantwell (D-WA)

Cardin (D-MD)

Carper (D-DE)

Casey (D-PA)

Conrad (D-ND)

Coons (D-DE)

Durbin (D-IL)

Feinstein (D-CA)

Franken (D-MN)

Gillibrand (D-NY)

Hagan (D-NC)

Harkin (D-IA)

Inouye (D-HI)

Johnson (D-SD)

Kerry (D-MA)

Klobuchar (D-MN)

Kohl (D-WI)

Landrieu (D-LA)

Lautenberg (D-NJ)

Lieberman (ID-CT)

Manchin (D-WV)

McCaskill (D-MO)

Menendez (D-NJ)

Merkley (D-OR)

Mikulski (D-MD)

Murray (D-WA)

Nelson (D-FL)

Nelson (D-NE)

Pryor (D-AR)

Reed (D-RI)

Reid (D-NV)

Roberts (R-KS)

Rockefeller (D-WV)

Schumer (D-NY)

Shaheen (D-NH)

Stabenow (D-MI)

*Tester (D-MT)

Udall (D-CO)

Udall (D-NM)

Warner (D-VA)

Webb (D-VA)

Whitehouse (D-RI)

Remember these Democrat Senators at the polling booth in 2012, they need to be booted out of office. As a matter of fact every Senator who voted yes should not be invited to serve another term. We need politicians who will resist political pandering. Governing by budget rider is wrong and intolerable. Politically delisting wolves and tearing apart the ESA to please special interests is despicable. Now wolves are paying the price of that betrayal.

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Senate Democrats Who Voted No on the Budget Bill/Wolf Rider

Leahy (D-VT)

Levin (D-MI)

Wyden (D-OR)

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Senate Republicans Who Voted Yes on the Budget Bill/ Wolf Delisting Rider

Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Brown (R-MA)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kirk (R-IL)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Portman (R-OH)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Thune (R-SD)
Wicker (R-MS)
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Senate Republicans Who Voted No on the Budget/Wolf Delisting Rider

Coburn (R-OK
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Graham (R-SC)
Hatch (R-UT)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Johnson (R-WI)
Lee (R-UT)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Rubio (R-FL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
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*To be fair, I believe many of these Republicans knew the Democrats had the votes to pass the budget bill/wolf rider.  So, they were free to vote no, not because they were wolf lovers  but to make a statement about their dislike of the budget bill.  Some of the names in the no vote column are not known to be wolf advocates.  My 2 cents.
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Senate Independents Who Voted No on the Budget/Wolf Delisting Rider

Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

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This should never have happened. After eight years of George Bush the country was looking for positive change. I think the promise was “hope and change” but instead we got “more of the same.”

It’s ironic, Bill Clinton oversaw the reintroduction of wolves into the Northern Rockies and Obama is overseeing their destruction.

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Endangered Wolves Sacrificed in Budget Deal

Glenn Hurowitz

Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy

Posted: 04/11/11 04:09 PM ET

Although Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama stood firm against Republican attempts to repeal clean air and clean water protections, wolves in the Northern Rockies weren’t so lucky.

Under pressure from ranching interests in Montana and Idaho, as well as anti-wolf zealots in those states, Reid and Obama agreed to accept an amendment from Montana Democrat Jon Tester mandating the removal of grey wolves in Idaho and Montana from the endangered species list. For Obama, at least, the move isn’t surprising: his administration backed the Bush administration’s delisting of wolves even though it would allow the two massive states to cut wolf populations to as few as 450 individuals between them.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/glenn-hurowitz/endangered-wolves-sacrifi_b_847673.html

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Tester’s howling error

Congressionally delisting wolves could gut the ESA

by George Ochenski

http://missoulanews.bigskypress.com/missoula/testers-howling-error/Content?oid=1428261

Photo: Courtesy National Park Service

Posted In: Wolf Wars, Howling For Justice, Endangered Species Act

Tags: wolf delisting rider, Senate Democrats , President Obama, Northern Rockies gray wolves, Idaho hunt, Montana hunt, Jon Tester, endangered species act

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