Contributing Monkie G Monkie
Published on May 25, 2009
A few weeks ago we posted about South Africa not wanting their Elephants and allowing them to be killed once again in mass. Well, now it’s our turn. The United State has officially removed the Gray Wolf from the Endangered Species Act in Idaho and Montana. Which is a very low key way of saying to the world, come shoot them. Yes, once again, you can kill yourself one of those big bad wolves. Jennifer Buonatony, a G Living writer wrote about this possibility last year, when the Bush Administration started the process to make the de-listing a reality. Lucky enough for the Wolves, President Bush was un-successful before leaving office earlier this year and when President Obama took office, one of his first acts was to suspend the plan to remove them from the Endangered list. By taking this action, President Obama protected an estimated two-thirds of the gray wolf population which would have been affected by the plan—meaning that 1,000 out of almost 1,500 wolves where saved. Now that is all gone and those wolves are once again walking targets.
According to the Federal Government the decision to remove those wolf populations was based on sound conservation science—a fact greatly disputed in conservation circles. For unlike the bald eagle, whose population is still rising after being delisted in 1995, when the wolf is removed from the ESA it will face a very motivated horde of hunters, which will lead to the inevitable decline in individuals. In fact, they will most likely find themselves on the popular Auction Ebay site along the side of the other American Predator species, such as Bears and Cougars.
Here is why this is so crazy, remember we already did this once. We almost completely wiped the wolves out because they bothered to be part of the ecosystem we wanted to take control of. We view nature as a raw material, which is ours to process into products. When something or someone gets in the way, such as, wolves, coyotes and prairie dogs we just simply destroy their populations.
This is how the American cattle rancher of the 1800’s viewed the western frontier. Great land to raise cheap beef cattle. They hated the Gray Wolf who was a fast moving, capable predator able to take down their cattle. In fact, over the last 2000 years, humans have been the major cause of wolf mortality and have even re-shaped the natural territory which they need to survive. The fate of the wolf in America was sealed when Congress established the federal Bureau of Biological Survey and its Division of Predator and Rodent Control in 1915. The mission of this Bureau, was to eliminate wolves and other large predators from all federal lands at the taxpayer expense. By the middle of the 20th Century, government-sponsored extermination had wiped out nearly all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states. Only a small population remained in northeastern Minnesota and Michigan.
Are American’s really going to let this happen all over again. There are currently a mere 9,000 wolves living within the entire United States. Compare this to the massive population of humans, which is currently at around 300 Million. Could we possibly be this selfish? We set no limitation on the human populations, but as soon as another species, even begins to establish any kind of numbers, we pull out the guns once again.