"This doesn't address the fundamental problem of removing Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in the Northern Rockies," said Louisa Willcox, Senior Wildlife Advocate for Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the 11 groups that sued to stop the delisting, in the Idaho Statesmen. "The bottom line is that there simply are not enough wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains to justify delisting this population yet."
The adove statement begs the question: Why is the Bush administration trying (again) to remove Rocky Mountain Gray wolves off the endangered species list in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and northern Utah. Environmentalists believe the region needs 2,000 to 3,000 wolves for recovery. In contrast, federal officials said only 10 packs each in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming - about 300 wolves - were needed for recovery. HERE.