Monday, May 4, 2009

Wolves in some areas of U.S. to leave endangered-species list

"Wolves in parts of the Northern Rockies and the Great Lakes region come off the endangered species list today, opening them to public hunts in some states for the first time in decades. Federal officials say the population of gray wolves in those areas has recovered. The animals were listed as endangered in 1974, after they had been wiped out across the lower 48 states by hunting and government-sponsored poisoning. "We’ve exceeded our recovery goals for nine consecutive years, and we fully expect those trends will continue," said Seth Willey, regional recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. State wildlife agencies will have full control over the animals. States such as Idaho and Montana plan to resume hunting the animals this fall."

I hope you remember the presidential election of November, 2008, when anyone saying wolves didn't belong on the endangered species list was an ignorant redneck unsuited to high office.

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