It’s been bugging me for a long time.
They say if you can’t change it, don’t sweat it, or something along those lines.
I do sweat it!
A few weeks ago U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has denied recognizing protection for the Alexander Archipelago wolf.
“Our review of the best available scientific and commercial information indicates that the Alexander Archipelago wolf is not in danger of extinction (endangered) nor likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future (threatened), throughout all or a significant portion of its range. Therefore, we find that listing the Alexander Archipelago wolf as an endangered or threatened species under the Act is not warranted at this time.There is no agreement on whether these wolves represent a subspecies that deserves protection.”
The Alexander Archipelago wolf (Canis lupus ligoni) is considered to be a distinct subspecies that is isolated from other wolf populations by water and mountain barriers.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service suggests in a November Species Status Assessment that the Alexander Archipelago wolf population occupying Prince of Wales Island declined by 75 percent between 1994 and 2014, from 356 to 89 individuals.
The decision to not grant protection equates a death sentence to the Alexander Archipelago wolf population, which is met with approval by US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) of Alaska: “The attempt by some environmental groups to list the wolf seemed to be an effort solely to end the last of the remaining timber industry in Southeast Alaska. Fortunately, it did not work.”
Are you still with me?
Despite a hunting ban poachers had decimated the total wolf population throughout the country’s vast and remote forests to between 120 and 135 animals in 2013, from an estimated 250 to 300 in 2007. One of the contrived arguments to have this hunt is the hope that it would reduce poaching, argh.
Since 2013, the wolf population has rebounded to around 250. Now they are ripe for the taking again.
Not for food. Too protect life stock or human life?
I doubt it.
What this tells me is that arrogance, indifference, or other motivations in federal institutions lead to decisions with irreversible effects.
What can I do?
Make you read about it.
Let me know if you have a better answer.