Friday, September 19, 2008

The Spirit Guide's New Groove

Back in April I posted a blog entry called "My Spirit Guides Are Not Pleased". It reported on the Gray Wolf being removed from the Endangered Species List. They had made such a successful recovery that they no longer needed protection. That announcement was followed almost immediately by another announcement that basically said let the killing of wolves begin.

I am pleased to report that due to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, the National Resources Defense Council, and Defenders of Wildlife the Bush Administration has backed down and reversed their decision. THE WOLVES ARE BACK ON THE LIST AS A FULLY PROTECTED SPECIES. My spirit guides are doing the happy dance.

Here's the first newspaper story about the decision:

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 16, 2008

Feds retreat on Northern Rockies wolf hunting plan

By Matthew Brown (Associated Press)

BILLINGS, Mont. -- A federal wildlife official says the government plans to retreat for now from its attempt to take gray wolves in the Northern Rockies off the endangered species list.

Ed Bangs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the government in the next week plans to withdraw a rule issued this spring. The rule was based on the assertion that the region's approximately 1,500 wolves were recovered fully, opening the way for public hunting of wolves to begin this fall in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

Those hunts had been in doubt since July, when U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy blocked them from going forward pending resolution of a lawsuit by environmentalists.

The decision to withdraw the rule listing wolves as fully recovered is subject to final approval by Department of Justice attorneys.

As the story says, it is still subject to final approval however, the government abandoned their defense of the law suit. Always a good sign.


Kitty said...

So you can still howl at the Moon without fear? Hooray! x

Hungry Mother said...

I always get scared when the feds try to mess with Mother Nature. Unintended side effects are ever present.

Malach the Merciless said...

MMMMMM - Wolves

Malicious Intent said...

Well now what is Sarah Palin supposed to shoot at when flying in her helicopter and has her hunting gun with her?

So happy this went through. They are beautiful animals and were here before us. They deserve to live in peace.

Bruce, a work in progress said...

Kitty, it would take more than that to keep me from howling at the moon.

HM, yeah I know what'cha mean. What global warming?

Mal. Oh Mal.

MI, she can always do a fly over and shoot at people that disagree with her. Gotta be more fun that just firing them.

meggie said...

Let us hope that reason prevails somewhere!