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Editorial: Pro-wolf groups blew it

[large thumbnail url=”editorial-pro-wolf-groups-blew-it” filename=”editorial” year=”2010″ month=”09″ day=”24″] [thumbnail icon url=”editorial-pro-wolf-groups-blew-it” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”09″ day=”24″] Bill Schneider wrote the following editorial on New West’s Web site.

Pro-wolfers don’t know when to call it a day and now their time may have come and gone. They might have cut a great deal, but now agencies and sporting groups aren’t going to “settle.” They’re going to Congress for a solution. And will likely get it.

Everybody who even remotely follows the wolf issue knows how bad it is, politically. About the only way it could get worse would be a wolf breaking into an urban backyard and biting a child.

Federal District Judge Donald Molloy’s August 5 ruling putting the Big Dog back on the endangered species list and stopping hunts in Idaho and Montana was that proverbial last straw for a lot of people, even a lot of fence sitters who actually like wolves and supported the reintroduction.

I’ve written frequently (here and here) urging stakeholders to sit down, outside of a courthouse, and work out a compromise, but in all these years, at least as far as I know, there has never been even one meeting. Now, I have to think the pro-wolfers blew their chance to cut the best deal they could’ve gotten. I bet they could’ve locked in a much higher minimum population level and won other concessions from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the state wildlife agencies, at least Idaho and Montana, but they didn’t even try. Instead, they kept going to the courts, and now, they’ll be lucky to salvage the integrity of the Endangered Species Act (ESA)…

Read the entire editorial on newwest.net: Pro-Wolf Groups Blew It

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