Wolves, Politics And The Endangered Species Act

The fact that wolves have been removed from the Endangered Species Act has created waves nationwide. Two precedents have been set with the delisting of this species. First of all, Congress has never removed a species from the Endangered Species Act before. Second of all, the way the removal came about was alarming. The removal was an annex to a disputed bill and came about after a long political battle that began while George Bush was president.

Many environmentalists are alarmed at this turn of events and their concerns are valid. The environment is a complex place; even scientists do not purport to know all that there is to know about conservation and endangered species. Politicians naturally know a lot less than scientists and yet they have given themselves the power to allow a previously endangered species to be hunted and shot.

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