ESA news: as go the wolves, so goes the ESA?
The House of Representatives moves closer each day to large scale cuts in spending on environmental regulation, seeLA Times and the plan will affect implementation of the Endangered Species Act, especially as applied to wolves. See KXLF. Asserting constitutional rights to bear arms, Tea Party activists support ESA reform, see Reuters, and the Democratic Governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer, openly encouraged his state citizens to shoot wolves in outright defiance of the ESA. See KHQ. "Get off your hind end in Washington, D.C., and fix the Endangered Species Act so it works in Montana," he told Fox News.
But dismantling environmental law is not the answer, says Treehugger. As the non-partisan articles on Treehugger note, the ESA has a success story to tell too, and can be credited, in part, with the recovery of the wolf. Spot.us even argues that impacts to elk in the Rocky Mountain ecosystems stem not from wolves, but from pesticides... also a subject of increasing ESA regulation. Photo from the Gifford Pinchot Task Force.