Mon. Jul 13th, 2020

Animal Rights Activists And Resarchers Argue Removal Of Protection From The Gray Wolf Will Be ‘Dangerous’, Highlight Hollywood News

A proposal to remove the gray wolf from federal protection could lead to the  endangerment of other species in the United States, some researchers say.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service first proposed removing the gray wolf  (Canis lupus) from the list of threatened and endangered species in June of this  year.



If the de-listing occurs under rules as currently written, some researchers  warn, it would set a dangerous precedent in the way the Fish and Wildlife  Service determines the listing or de-listing of endangered species.  “The Fish and Wildlife Service is supposed to detail what the threats are and  if they’re substantial enough, they’re supposed to list a species and put in  place policies to mitigate the threats,” said Jeremy Bruskotter of Ohio State  University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.



Instead, under the propose de-listing, the Fish and Wildlife Service could  simply decide land currently unoccupied by wolves — most of the country that  historically served as wolf habitat — is now unsuitable because humans living  in those regions won’t tolerate the animals.



Under current policies, for a species to be considered recovered, the Fish  and Wildlife Service must declare it no longer endangered in all or a  “significant portion of its range.” While the gray wolf has recovered in the  northern Rockies and upper Great Lakes, the predator has not returned to the  other 85 percent of its historic range spanning across the United States, said  Bruskotter, lead author of a critique published in the journal Conservation  Letters.



“So what the service is saying is that wolves are going to be called  recovered in most of the United States despite the fact that very few wolves  live outside these two recovered areas.”   The proposed rule “specifically creates incentive to destroy habitat in  advance of a listing and do things that aren’t good for endangered species,”  Bruskotter said.   “The law is supposed to help the protected species, not just describe the  threats to that species. But to construct this de-listing rule, they’ve had to  interpret policy and science in every case in a way that either disregards  threats to wolves, or treats them as insurmountable,” he said. “They’re doing  the opposite of what the act requires.”


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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