Gray Wolf to be de-listed from endangered species list in Montana, Idaho

12 Apr

The budget deal that will be voted on this week to avoid a government shutdown may cost lives. The lives of gray wolves, that is.

A rider that will be included in the budget package to authorize the states of Montana and Idaho to remove the gray wolf from its protected listing under the Endangered Species Act.

Wolf “de-listing” has been a hot issue in the northern Rockies as wolves threaten livestock with population expansion. Washington lobbyists for the effort include former Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig.

The rider in current form authorizes de-listing for Idaho and Montana, but Wyoming may be added before the legislation before it is voted on. The rider was authored by Montana Democratic Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester and by Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson.

Wyoming Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis also advocates for de-listing. It is far from certain that Wyoming would be included, as the state has held up previous de-listing efforts by Idaho and Montana.

3 Responses to “Gray Wolf to be de-listed from endangered species list in Montana, Idaho”

  1. Jessi Donelly April 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Ridiculous. I don’t care if livestock is being attacked, these grey wolves need to be protected in order from becoming extinct. These animals have as much right to live as we do. Think about that.

  2. Ali R. April 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Well, I have to say, it makes sense that the government is doing this, after all, the livestock of the people is being attacked… But of course I’m not saying that I want the wolves to go extinct! No, that’s not what I want at all!

  3. sally dyess October 1, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    To the man in the picture with the dead wolf…aren’t you proud of yourself? I just saw this Oct. of 2012, and thought what a real man! A true man of “Extinction”

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