According to The Revelator here’s what the Biden Administration could do to restore Grey Wolf protections…

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By December 2020 (the following is an excerpt from the Revelator)

How to Restore Federal Protections

The Biden administration could begin ensuring protection of wolves through three initial actions.

First it should reverse the recent decision to delist gray wolves. The incoming secretary of the Interior could easily and immediately withdraw the rule in order to settle the inevitable lawsuit(s) that will challenge the legality of the delisting.

Second it should put all gray wolves in the lower 48 states under Endangered Species Act protection once again. The entire history of federal wolf protection has been piecemeal and fractured. Defining numerous different “distinct population” segments and pursuing delisting on a region-by-region or state-by-state manner does not facilitate full wolf recovery throughout their historic range; it only results in significant numbers of wolves being shot and trapped, and repeated challenges in court.

Third, once all gray wolves are again under the full protection of the Act, the administration should have the Fish and Wildlife Service finally develop a comprehensive nationwide gray wolf recovery plan. This plan is required under the Act but has never been made. The gray wolf was first protected way back in 1974; the Service has had more than 40 years to complete such a plan. It is long overdue. Once the recovery plan is completed, the Biden administration should have the Service implement it and monitor the results of the implementation. These actions will go a long way toward ensuring the recovery and long-term survival of gray wolves in the lower 48 states.

As one of North America’s most iconic and ecologically important species, gray wolves can and should represent the very best of our conservation efforts and science. This will benefit not just wolves, but all other threatened species in the United States. President-elect Joe Biden has the power to make that a reality.

The opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Revelator, the Center for Biological Diversity or their employees.

Reposted with permission from The Revelator.

2 Replies to “According to The Revelator here’s what the Biden Administration could do to restore Grey Wolf protections…”

  1. A trophy wolf hunt?? Oh my lord, how can a beautiful animal be a trophy when it’s a corpse? This makes me nauseous, it’s shameful! Maybe just stuff a dog or something! How can anyone possibly think of a wolf in terms of a trophy? We need to evolve, fellow humans; this is completely unacceptable.

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