'Conservation groups were up in arms Wednesday after the Trump administration moved to strip federal protections from gray wolves.
“This disgusting proposal would be a death sentence for gray wolves across the country,” said Collette Adkins, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The Trump administration is dead set on appeasing special interests that want to kill wolves.”
We're sure this isn't related to Bernhardt's long history of lobbying to roll back the #EndangeredSpeciesAct...https://t.co/1niEsA2DxM
— Friends of the Earth (@foe_us) March 6, 2019
BAD MOVE: The Trump administration has proposed stripping Endangered Species Act protections from #wolves across nearly the entire lower 48 states, reversing gray wolf recovery in the United States. #StopExtinction https://t.co/I9pFR474SS
— WildEarth Guardians (@wildearthguard) March 6, 2019
From the Associated Press:
Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the proposal during a Wednesday speech at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Denver, a weeklong conservation forum for researchers, government officials and others, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Spokesman Gavin Shire said in an interview with the AP.
After an effort in 2013 by the then-President Barack Obama administration’s Fish and Wildlife Department to strip the protections—in place since the ’70s—failed, the Trump administration refloated the proposal last year. The new plan will reportedly appear in the federal register in the coming days.
The Fish and Wildlife Service argues that the population has bounced back well enough to warrant lifting Endangered Species Act protections for the animals in the lower 48, but groups including the Endangered Species Coalition says that’s just not true. The animals now roam less than 10 percent of their historic range, and with a population of roughly 5,000, they are at a fraction of their historic numbers, the groups note.'
Read more: Endangered Grey Wolves Are About To Be Issued A “Death Sentence”