Monday, April 18, 2016
Legislation Poised To Allow Hunting and Trapping of Wolves to Resume
Despite its success and public support, Congress just unveiled its 100th legislative attack on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in just 16 months. Nearly half of these attacks are attempts to delist or block a listing for specific imperiled species.
Since the start of 2016 there have been TWO new efforts to legislate wolves back off the endangered species list: 1) S. 659, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act, 2) S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act.
If either is enacted and signed into law, it would strip federal protections for the wolves in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Wyoming and thus allow hunting and trapping of those wolves to immediately resume. To add insult to injury, the language in both amendments include a “no judicial review” clause thus prohibiting any legal challenge.
The amendments direct the Secretary of the Interior to reissue wolf delisting rules that federal courts found illegal under the ESA. Thus, these amendments pose not only to undermine wolf recovery, but also the ESA itself.
Please urge your senators to preserve the spirit and integrity of this important federal law and to oppose any legislation that takes aim at imperiled wildlife!