Conservationists have condemned the move by the Trump administration as ‘premature’ that strips the American grey wolves from protection status.
An announcement by the US interior secretary David Bernhardt said the wolves have long past the need for protection in the US, hence no longer needed.
The grey wolves were given federal protection after their population dipped to near-extinction and have since been a protected species under the Endangered animal’s category for over 45 years until Thursday’s announcement.
The government is narrating a success story claiming that the many conservation experts of the Trump administration has successfully saved the species from extinction.
But this claim is absolutely the opposite of what other conservation experts say and believe.
“Today’s announcement simply reflects the determination that this species is neither a threatened nor endangered species based on the specific factors Congress has laid out in the law,” Bernhardt said in a statement from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
The grey wolf population in the US dipped to near extinction levels after years of brutal killing and senseless torture by farmers who deemed them a threat to livestocks.
In 1970s, there were only 1000 wolves left in the wild and were thereafter listed in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for conservation.
As of now, the conservation efforts had rebound the wolf population somewhat to around 6ooo in some 48 states, but wildlife conservationists opine the population is still not sufficient to strip endangered status.
The species that once roamed all of the US have now been reduced to some lower states like Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and some parts of the Rocky Mountains.
This has prompted some wildlife conservationists to call the move by Trump administration as “premature and reckless.”
“Gray wolves occupy only a fraction of their former range and need continued federal protection to fully recover. We will be taking the US Fish and Wildlife Service to court to defend this iconic species,” Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife and a former director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service told the Guardian.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) also immediately slammed the move by the US government. “(…) eliminating federal protections for grey wolves is a huge setback in recovery efforts,” the Council said referring to the lack of a national wolf recovery plan.
Response to the Trump administration’s rebuke of the protection of grey wolves is divided, with people applauding the move those who want the iconic specie to be managed by state and tribal governments. And criticism from those who want federal protection.
Exerts fear, the stripping of endangered status of these animals will make them prey patchwork protection by local authorities, some of whom will even allow hunting them.
Earlier in June, the Trump administration drew criticism from animal conservationists after an Obama-era rule that forbidden people from killing brown bears for the recreational purpose in National preserves was revoked, We The World reported earlier.
The Guardian noted, since the Trump administration came to office, 13 species of animals were stripped off from protection status under the ESA, which the government implied was a success of their conservation efforts.