12 Apr '11, 12am

Wolves gut-shot last weekend

There’s no doubt about it: wolves were gut-shot over the weekend by Congress and the administration— and the courts didn’t help matters either. On Friday night, a rider on the Continuing Resolution, a “must pass” bill needed to keep the government operating, was pushed through by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Representative Mike Simpson (R-ID). The bill will legislatively delist wolves through most of the Northern Rockies region, leaving them at the mercy of the states which plan to kill hundreds of them. This is the first time in the history of the Endangered Species Act that a species’ status has been dictated by Congress—a body that lacks the necessary scientific background, professional judgment, and experience needed to recover imperiled species. A rider floated by Senators Tester and Simpson earlier in this Congress rolled back protections for wolves in Idaho , Monta...

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