Author Archives: Leda Huta

Why the Latest War on Wolves? Three Reasons You May Not Know

My son always roots for the predator. He says they have to eat too. As someone who has a science background and as a conservationist, I know that I should agree with him. Or at a minimum, I should probably be neutral. But I can’t help it. When I’m sitting on my couch watching a nature documentary, I root for the prey. Go rabbit! When it comes to managing wildlife though, I root for the predator. Why? Because wildlife policies… Continue reading

Those Dammed Salmon — Set them Free!

So… I was not anticipating being so touched by a movie about dams. How moving could that possibly be? Very moving, as it turns out. The people behind Stoecker Ecological, Felt Soul Media and Patagonia knew what they were doing when they made DamNation. If you haven’t seen it, set aside an evening very soon, get the movie on Netflix, pop some popcorn, and gather the kids around–yes, even the kids. The movie is that good. There was a time… Continue reading

Hungry, Hungry Whales

I admit that I’m totally charmed by orcas. But I know I’m not alone. What is it about those glossy black and white creatures? Do we see in them a reflection of us? Is our bond with orcas more apparent than with other animals? I guess it doesn’t hurt that orcas are essentially big dolphins — very big (think of the difference between a smart car and two tractor-trailers). Orcas are social creatures, interacting with each other in complex and… Continue reading

High Hopes for Endangered Species

As recent headlines attest, President Obama’s administration is a 180 from what we have seen in the past eight years. For endangered species that is a good thing. Immediately upon taking office, Obama stopped any Bush rules, not yet finalized, from going forward. The memo from Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, was a saving grace for the Gray Wolf, which was on its way to being delisted by Bush (after being stopped twice already by the courts). Unfortunately, it… Continue reading

Concern for Montana Wildlife

Our Top 10 Report–highlighting wildlife, plants and fish that are not on the endangered species list, but should be–includes two Montana species. The Montana Fluvial Arctic Grayling (a fish) and the Wolverine are both species that need our protections. Our Montana field representative, Derek Goldman, talks about the threats faced by these species on public radio. Have a listen here. View all of the wildlife–a marine mammal, a reptile, an amphibian, 2 birds, a butterfly, and more species–highlighted in our… Continue reading

Without A Net

The Bush administration has found one of the best ways to undermine the Endangered Species Act: just stop listing species as “endangered.” The Endangered Species Coalition has just published a report highlighting ten species plus three honorable mentions that should receive protection under the Act. They’re just a few of the hundreds of species that need to be listed as threatened or endangered. Check out our report to learn more.The Bush administration has the worst listing record of any president… Continue reading

Without A Net

The Bush administration has found one of the best ways to undermine the Endangered Species Act: just stop listing species as “endangered.” The Bush administration has the worst listing record of any president in the history of the Endangered Species Act. His per yer listing record is only eight. Even Reagan did better with 32 species listed per year. When wildlife, plants and fish are not officially recognized or “listed,” they don’t receive the protections of the federal government under… Continue reading

Surprise! Bush Weakens Endangered Species Act

Okay, so maybe it is not a surprise at all, to any of us. Yesterday, Secretary Kempthorne announced that federal projects, such as road, mines, and dams, won’t be required to be reviewed by wildlife biologists at the U.S. FWS or NOAA. This move creates a huge chink in the protections afforded by the Endangered Species Act. Agencies such as the Department of Transportation are simply not equipped to decide for themselves if their projects may harm wildlife. And, that… Continue reading

Bush Rewrites the Endangered Species Act

The Bush administration has just proposed a massive weakening of the Endangered Species Act. For the past 35 years, scientists at the Fish and Wildlife Service assessed whether the actions of other federal agencies would harm threatened and endangered species. The Bush administration’s lawyers have decided to remove that requirement and instead essentially let agencies decide for themselves if their highway, dam, mining, drilling or other construction project would harm wildlife. However, since the missions of these other agencies are… Continue reading