Barack Obama's Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, has rubber-stamped a Bush-era plan that will remove the wolves of the Northern Rockies off the endangered species list, making it possible that hundreds of wolves will be killed in the coming months.
(Laura last wrote about the wolves one month ago, at which time they had been given a reprieve. Since then, Salazar -- and Obama -- have decided to support Bush/Cheney's policy of slaughter.)
According to Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the hunting of as many as 1,000 wolves -- from Greater Yellowstone to Glacier National Park -- could begin in a few weeks.
The decision couldn't come at a worse time. Breeding season is here, and wolves will start giving birth in April. That means pregnant females and newborn pups will be among those gunned down. ...
It's incumbent on Secretary Salazar to withdraw this disastrous plan and submit it to the kind of rigorous scientific review that the Obama Administration has championed on so many other environmental issues.
Otherwise, we can expect a bloodbath in the Northern Rockies.
Beinecke notes that wolves have already been exterminated in 96% of their former range. Click here to donate.