Hunting, trapping, and habitat loss drove gray wolves to near extinction in the twentieth century. Conservation efforts made possible by the Endangered Species Act has allowed them to come back and begin to re-establish their former habitats. But, the Trump Administration has proposed a rule that would strip every gray wolf in the lower 48 states of crucial Endangered Species Act protections.
Donald Trump’s Departments of Interior and Commerce recently proposed drastic changes to the way they carry out the Endangered Species Act. If these revisions go into effect as written, protecting endangered and threatened species and the wild places they rely upon will be much more difficult. The Endangered Species Act is phenomenally successful. It has a 99 percent success rate at preventing the extinction of species in its care. But it only works if politicians stay out of the way.… Continue reading