Wolves in Idaho, Montana, eastern portions of Oregon and Washington and northern Utah were delisted, thus losing federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. More than two thirds of the current population may be killed.
This Bush administration rule was given the green light by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar without any consultation with conservationists, congressional leaders, or scientists outside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Right now, the Defenders of Wildlife have a legal team preparing an emergency challenge to the delisting to help save these wolves. If you can donate to this cause, please do so on the Defenders of Wildlife website. Any amount will help.
Meanwhile, in Alaska:
It is the end of a bloody aerial gunning season that killed more than 250 wolves. However, the Palin administration has indicated that it will continue to kill wolves through other means. Let me see, she posted a bounty on forelegs, killed their cubs, poisoned their dens . . . maybe wolf furs and wolf cub rugs are next?