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April 19, 2007

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Groups Sue USFWS Over Gray Wolf Delisting

Perhaps not surprisingly, three animal-rights groups including The Humane Society of the United States sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday over its March decision to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. According to HSUS vice president of litigation, as quoted in this AP story, “The agencies' decision to strip wolves of all federal protection is biologically reckless and contrary to the requirements of the Endangered Species Act." Read the full report.



of course the envirocrazies want to prevent the de-listing. it would mean that the Feds had done something right (if wolf re-introduction can be called right). if 3000 wolves in the three state area isn't enough, i can hardly wait to see the lawsuit they file when the de-listing paperwork on wolves in the yellowstone area is started. there's only about a 1000 in that ecosystem. wolves are the poster child for fund-fundraising for the HSUS (see their website http://www.hsus.org/wildlife/ ) they don't want to lose a cash cow.

Matt Mallery

I would like to hear the arguments for and against keeping the wolves listed before dismissing anyone's concerns. What is the science behind the decision either way?


Wolves have been hunted to the brink of extinction for hundreds of years based on silly myths and legends. Why would we work so hard to bring them back, only to have them hunted down again? It doesnt make sense. When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone the whole entire ecosystem was markedly improved (even down to the bird and beaver populations)Thats just one example. Wolves are an extremely important key predator in North America, and I have to say that delisting them is just plain stupid.

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