Gray wolves populations have been recovered for a long time in the United States and it is high time that management be returned to the states and it looks like by the end of 2020 that will finally take place.
According to the Washington Post, Aurelia Skipwith, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves across most of the nation by the end of the year.
The Fish and Wildlife Service last year proposed dropping the wolf from the endangered list in most of the lower 48 states. Protections would remain in place for a small population of Mexican wolves in the Southwest.
It was the latest of numerous attempts to return management authority to the states — moves that courts have repeatedly rejected after animal rights groups filed frivolous lawsuits and received rulings based on technicalities.
Now it looks like the delisting will finally happen. The decision was supposed to take place in the spring but it was delayed to ensure everything is in place and scientifically sound.
“We just want to be sure we’re covering all the bases,” she said. “When groups want to come in and sue because of such a success, it takes away resources from species that need them.”
Animal rights groups are not happy with the way things are going. Wolf Conservation Center tweeted, “History tells us that under the states’ authority to manage wolf populations, wolves die at the hands of trophy hunters.”
While it is true that hunting will most likely be allowed history shows us that it will not be detrimental to wolf populations. This is exactly what was said about wolfs when they were delisted in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, but there population continue to grow and thrive.
There is absolutely no evidence that hunting will cause populations to crash. In the last 100 years, there has not been one instance in the United States and Canada where an animal has been hunted to extinction.
This is a good move by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service using the Endangered Species Act the way it was intended.