The Trump administration believes the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is responsible for the recovery of the gray wolf population along with other species including the bald eagle. The administration will take steps to remove the wolf from ESA protection thereby exposing them to hunters, trappers and angry ranchers who want to kill the wolves.
The gray wolf populations had dwindled to about 1,000 in the lower 48 states when they received protection under the Endangered Species Act in 1975. But since their reintroduction to various regions, mostly in the West, the wolves’ numbers have rebounded to about 5,000, the NY Times reported.
In 2014 a federal judge held that the ESA had erred when they took wolves off the endangered list too soon. But the Trump administration vowed to draft legislation that would pass constitutional muster. The new measure will almost certainly be challenged.
OUR FREE OPINION
We find the Administration’s decision to cull the wolf population unpersuasive. The choice is one that caters to special interest groups—rich ranchers and such. The measure would hand-over a license to anti-wolf advocates to kill a creature that has been reduced to near extinction, in the not-so-far past. Really, five thousand wolves in the lower 48 are too many!!