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Barker: Wolf Delisting Deja Vu

The Republicans had Clint Eastwood.Maybe the Democrats should invite Bill Murray to their convention this week. Because the Obama administration produced its version of “Groundhog Day” Friday by removing wolves from the endangered species list in Wyoming. Just like in the movie, the early-morning alarm clock went off for the Northern Rockies and Sonny and Cher began singing “I Got You Babe.” In this case, the environmental rhetoric machine cranked up and brought back disappointed wolf lovers’ favorite lines. “This administration is rewinding the clock and setting wolf recovery back at least a decade based on the numbers alone,” said Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife and a former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “The goal should be to sustain a fully recovered wolf population, not put it right back on life support”/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: I believe the reintroduction of wolves into Idaho, Montana and Wyoming was one of the worst environmental moves ever foisted on the states by the federal government. But that's probably the dairy kid in me talking. What do you think?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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