Saturday, January 24, 2009

Wolf Status- Update

from a news release of Environment News Service, "Obama Freezes Pending Federal Rules, Wolves May Benefit," Jan 21, 2009

In one of his first presidential acts, President Barack Obama has ordered federal agencies to halt all pending regulations until his administration can review them. The freeze halts publication of federal regulations planned under the Bush administration but not yet published in the Federal Register.

Wildlife conservationists say the freeze will delay and possibly prevent the removal of gray wolves from the federal endangered species list in Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, and also in portions of Washington, Oregon, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

"Wolves have recovered in the Great Lakes and the northern Rocky Mountains because of the hard work, cooperation and flexibility shown by States, tribes, conservation groups, federal agencies and citizens of both regions," said Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Lynn Scarlett. "We can all be proud of our various roles in saving this icon of the American wilderness."

wildlife conservationists disagree. Gray wolves are gone from over 95 percent of their historic range, including on millions of acres of national forests, national parks and Bureau of Land Management public lands whose ecological health has suffered in the absence of wolves, conservationists contend.

See Great Lakes Gray Wolves Removed from Endangered Species List
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1 comment:

Erik said...

I'm glad to hear he took the step. Let's hope that he makes surprising progress in restoring things like posse comitatus, habeas corpus and the 4th amendment.

You've got a really interesting blog. Keep up the great work.

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