Trump Plan to Delist Wolves Greeted With Cheers and Jeers
President Donald Trump‚Äôs Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced plans on March 6 to lift protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states. Predictably, the announcement was immediately both praised and condemned. When the issue is wolves, it‚Äôs rural communities versus urbanites, Big Media, Big Green NGOs, and entrenched bureaucrats of the DC Swamp. And up until now, the lavishly funded urbanite wolf lobby has been winning most of the rounds. The Trump administration's announcement could signal a sea-change toward the other direction.
‚ÄúThis is welcome news to farmers and ranchers,‚ÄĚ said the American Farm Bureau Federation in a press release. ‚ÄúThe agency‚Äôs intent to delist the gray wolf is a triumph of common sense we all should herald as a conservation success story.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThere are more than 5,000 gray wolves in the United States and more than 10 times as many over the Canadian...
Farmers and ranchers may be reimbursed, but at what rate? Is there still an overall loss? Of note, claims filed with the government tend to take to take time to adjudicate. Is any reimbursement made for those losses due to time?
Reality is that the original range of wolves is no longer available to them due to increased population, development, and infrastructure. So to try to compare yesteryear yo today is spurious.
Balancing different needs and interests is difficult but it is the nature of our democratic republic. Not so in heaven. All competing interests fade to a single purpose, worshipping the Father and the Son. Only there will competing interests peal away. In the meantime, love that proceeds from the Lord covers our relationships.
Yes, one has to listen to what farmers and ranchers have to say. Unfortunately, the "New German" article, and even the following one doesn't mention that ranchers are reimbursed for any kills of their livestock by wolves that occurs around national parks.
The following article does give a more even-handed approach to the problem.
PBS wrote: Wildlife advocates and some members of Congress said the move is premature because wolves occupy only a fraction of a historical range that once stretched across most of North America.
But Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said it was ‚Äúindisputable‚ÄĚ that wolves had recovered enough to meet recovery goals. He said the agency could now devote more work to species in greater need....
excerpt from, "U.S. proposes lifting protections for gray wolves"