MEOW! My name is June Buggie and I have something to say!
The Humane Society of the US and The Fund for Animals have served notice that they intend to file suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore protections for Great Lakes Wolves under the Endangered Species Act.
It’s no secret to those of you who care about animals that wolves have it rough right now. Not that they ever really had it good.
When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service de-listed wolves as an endangered species, they allowed states to manage their own wolf populations.
And what did the states do?
Minnesota is allowing up to 400 of the state’s 3000 wolves to be killed this year.
Wisconsin is allowing around one-quarter of their wolf population to be hunted and killed.
In one year Idaho has cut its wolf population by about 40 percent.
Since May, 260 wolves have been killed in Montana.
Let’s be clear: wolves are not hunted as a food source. They are hunted to be killed. Period. Farmers and ranchers want them gone, and killing the animals is easier than taking other measures to protect their livestock.
Wolves are carnivores and they do kill other animals. But in a healthy ecosystem, they serve a vital function. By killing these animals, we are effectively saying we do not want a healthy wildlife system anywhere in this country but in a few designated areas set aside for these animals to live.
This forcing of living creatures to reside in “designated areas” sounds familiar, doesn’t it?