A proposed amendment to the farm bill threatens the red wolf, the Florida panther and other endangered species. Proposed by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), the amendment would get rid of protections for endangered species that are entirely within the borders of one state. As the Wolf Conservation Center post states, this would impact “the red wolf in North Carolina, the polar bear in Alaska, the Florida panther, the San Joaquin kit fox in California, and the Maryland darter.”
It should be noted that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina found that the federal government’s power to regulate interstate commerce included the power to regulate the taking of red wolves on private land. The Court of Appeals refused to reconsider the case and the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari . Since precedent has been set by the courts given not only the Endangered Species Act, but also under interstate commerce, will this become an attempt to overturn the ESA AND our judicial system’s application of the interstate commerce clause?
The red wolf is classified as a “nonessential experimental” population, which is based upon the idea that the captive population is the necessary population… That captive breeding population is in many states throughout the U.S. in captive facilities. How would this inconsistency play out? Is it an inconsistency? There is so much more that must be considered before any extremely drastic change or decision should be made.
Regardless of your position on this topic, talk to our politicians about your take on the importance of biodiversity, the use of science versus politics in policy development, and the Endangered Species Act (which was enacted under Republican President Richard Nixon). Bring the debate of this amendment to the forefront, rather than allowing a cowardly attempt to slip it in an amendment to the Farm Bill. Democracy is important, change will happen, but overturning important legislation should not be hidden from the public.
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North Carolina law allows daytime hunting of coyotes all year. A proposed amendment to that rule allows for nighttime hunting and the use of electronic calls and artificial lights.
This poses a potential threat to the endangered red wolves who, despite larger size and other differentiating features, can look similar to coyotes.
The red wolf population in northeastern North Carolina of between 90 and 100 individuals is the only wild red wolf population in the world. During the gun seasons from October to December of 2011, seven red wolves died as a result of human’s suspected illegal activity, including gunshot.
Some people want to control the growing coyote population by hunting. They say shooting coyotes will help the red wolf, even if some red wolves are killed.
However, biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believe hunting coyotes allows more breeding coyotes to come into an area. Instead, the biologists sterilize and release them back into the wild. This allows the territorial animal to keep other breeding individuals away. It also keeps the nonnative coyotes from interbreeding with native red wolves.
Informative Article by T. DeLene Beeland in Scientific American.
Anyone may submit comments on the proposed rule change by writing an email (email@example.com) to the Wildlife Resources Commission, or filling out an online form. If emailing, specify your comment is about night hunting coyotes with artificial lights, include in the message body where you live, and include if you agree or disagree with the proposal and why.
The public comment period is open until April 16, 2012.”
It does not matter what side of the #wolf issue you fall on. Torture is cowardly and must be dealt with swiftly and strongly. Some people have true conflict with wildlife that we need to come up with solutions for, but this kind of behavior is not justified.
Please join the Center for Biological Diversity in requesting an investigation into the torture of this wolf in Idaho…
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