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Another End of Term Bush Insult?

Expect to see a string of this stuff during the remaining (mercifully short) year of the environmental disaster known as the Bush administration. A week or so ago it was the opening of sensitive arctic areas to unnecessary oil production, yesterday it was a plan to kill more wolves, and today it was a plan for more corporate welfare for logging firms in Alaska.

About the wolves:

Under pressure from another alpha predator, human hunters (along with state officials eager to keep hunters happy), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has changed a rule in a way that has wildlife campaigners howling.

The complaints are not about the section allowing someone to kill a wolf attacking, say, a dog or livestock. It’s the part about states and tribal governments having the right to allow greatly expanded killing of wolves in “non-essential” populations where local officials determine that wolf packs are taking too big a share of deer and elk herds also coveted by hunters.

What is a “non-essential” wolf. Anyone?


January 26, 2008 - Posted by | Commentary


  1. I believe that would be one working in DC.

    Comment by Tom Clifton | January 26, 2008 | Reply

  2. Ha! :-)

    Comment by Dan Mitchell | January 26, 2008 | Reply

  3. I second Tom Clifton!

    Comment by cynthial | January 26, 2008 | Reply

  4. The only non-essential wolf I can remember is “wolf-man” Jack

    Comment by Brian_Rueb | January 29, 2008 | Reply

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