Ernest Dempsey — Not something new for even moderately informed readers is the observation that authorities step in to claim disputed territories in the dark silence of the night, when the opponent is heavy with sleep. Same worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service which, the past Friday, announced lifting the federal endangered species protection for wolves in Wyoming. In effect, it means license to kill the wolves in Wyoming by any means however cruel or inhuman – as the decision itself.
As Jamie Rappaport Clark, President Defenders of Wildlife, believes, Friday was obviously chosen for making the announcement so that policy officials, legislators, the media – groups of people who would likely react strongly to the killing decision – would not be able to raise an immediate voice of protest as most of them would be taking an early leave for enjoying a long weekend with the Labor Day off on 3rd September. But can such a tactic prevent concerned people from seeing the impending cruelty colored red in the blood of wolves?
In an email notification, Jamie Rappaport Clark, of Defenders of Wildlife, notes that under Wyoming’s plan, more than 60 percent of Wyoming’s wolves outside of Yellowstone National Park – including wolves’ pups – could be wiped out. This now approved wolf management plan allows wolves to be killed anytime by almost any means, including aerial gunning, trapping, and even gassing pups in their dens across most of the state.
“I refuse to stand by and watch this administration turn one of the greatest triumphs of the Endangered Species Act into its biggest tragedy – essentially erasing 40 years of progress,” says Clark. “The science and recovery strategy that they are relying upon is horribly outdated and the state’s long term management plan is a race to the bottom and treats wolves like vermin across most of the state.”
To prevent this nightmare of a plan from happening, Defenders of Wildlife means to go to the court against the decision of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This may be the last hope for the life of wolves in Wyoming whose only crime, if it can ever be a crime, seems to be their existence. Calling on environmental heavyweights and animal rights supporters, Defenders of Wildlife will be now be filing a lawsuit against the U.S. and Fish and Wildlife Service to court to ensure the safety of Wyoming wolves. For this cause, they are also accepting donations from supporters online and via phone at 1-800-385-9712. In addition, an online petition has been initiated at Change.org to support the cause of saving wolves in Wyoming from impending massacre.