From the daily archives: Sunday, November 5, 2006

They can’t delist wolves until Wyoming agrees to come up with an acceptable wolf management plan, and that’s not going to happen. Therefore, both Idaho and Montana are asking Interior Secretary Kempthorne to issue a special two state delisting.

Because Idaho already has full day-to-day management authority already except to reduce wolves because they think there are just too many of them, the thing the commissioners are complaining about is just that–they continue to itch to kill a whole bunch of wolves in the upper Clearwater River drainages. They know that can’t get the federal government to authorize that (it requires a scientifically acceptable justification that such an action will stop unacceptable big games losses to wolves). That is pretty much the sole reason they want delisting. The story below story makes that perfectly clear.

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey