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|Originally Posted: 6 Dec 2010|
Keep Wolves and Grizzly Bears on the Endangered Species List
Tell your Senators to OPPOSE the Restoring State Wildlife Management Act of 2010 that would remove wolves and grizzly bears from the Endangered Species List.
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
The Baucus-Tester bill (S. 3864), Restoring State Wildlife Management Act of 2010, was recently introduced by Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT). If successful, the bill would allow Congress to remove gray wolves from ESA listing. Congress has never removed an animal from the ESA in its entire history and the bill is a clear attempt to 1) circumvent the ESA and its use of science and proper procedure; and 2) head off any judicial determination that wolves should remain listed.
The bill would do the following: Circumvent the provisions of and undermine the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act. Undermine the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act. Prevent the use of sound science in listing decisions. Politicize the protection of wildlife. Allow congress to cherry-pick species for de-listing. Set a dangerous precedent for future delistings. Allow special interests to over-ride due process.
I am also appalled that your administration would consider removing the protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears. Thanks to the protections afforded by the Act grizzly bears are recovering but the number of animals may still be precarious and not self-sustaining. They are also facing increased threats most importantly from climate change. The return of wolves and grizzlies to Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies is one of America's greatest conservation success stories. These icons for the American West should remain protected.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!