In December of 2014, federal protections were reinstated for wolves in the Great Lakes states of MI, MN and WI because federal judge invalidated FWS’s delisting of wolves, the federal courts held that the state management plans for wolves did not protect wolves.
The result of these two recent court decisions is that wolves in Wyoming, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are back on the federal Endangered Species Act list.
A new threat to wolves in the form of a house appropriations bill with a rider attached
Section 121 of the FY 2016 House Interior/EPA bill nullifies both of these recent federal court decisions, directing the Secretary of the Interior to reissue the two wolf delisting rules that federal courts found illegal under the ESA. This rider would hand wolf management authority back over to the very states whose management plans were found to be deficient.
With no judicial review
And, Section 121 includes “no judicial review” clauses covering both court decision overrides (this strips the ability of citizens to further challenge these wolf delistings).
Section 121 would not only jeopardize wolf recovery, but would also undermine the Endangered Species Act (ESA) itself.
Further, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., said the provision amounts to “tremendous overreach” because the appropriations bill is meant to fund the Interior Department’s activities, not direct policy decisions.
“The judicial branch exists to provide oversight and review of our nation’s laws, and the idea that this Republican appropriations bill would try to circumvent that constitutionally critical process is wrong,” McCollum said.
Action Alert: #TWEETSTORM at congress #KeepWolvesListed and Protect the ESA
Tweet all of your House of Representatives, and U.S. Senators
find who they are: https://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup
Make sure to follow them on Twitter
Here’s what you can Tweet:
Say no to appropriations bill with rider to delist wolves #KeepWolvesListed
Here’s what mine will look like:
@SenRonJohnson @SenatorBaldwin @RepRonKind Say no to appropriations bill with rider to delist wolves #KeepWolvesListed
@SenRonJohnson @RepRonKind @SenatorBaldwin strike out the line rider in house interior budget calls for delisting wolves #KeepWolvesListed
Tweet now, all day, everyday, all week long until congress gets the message #KeepWolvesListed!This #TWEETSORM is is sponsored by:
Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin: http://www.facebook.com/WolvesOfDouglasCountyWisconsin ;
Medicine of the Wolf: http://www.medicineofthewolf.com
Apex Protection Project: https://www.facebook.com/apexprotectionproject
Save Wolves Now: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Wolves-Now/272970539569543?ref=ts&fref=ts
Wolves and Writing: http://wolvesandwriting.com
Canis Lupus 101:http://canislupus101.blogspot.com
Passions For Wolves: https://www.facebook.com/PassionsForWolves
Go to these groups for more information on wolves and wilderness. Help us keep wolves protected and the Endangered Species Act intact.
Directions on how to use Twitter:
How to sign up for Twitter:
How to tweet:
What’s a #(hashtag) the day of the tweetstorm the hashtag will be #KeepWolvesListed
How do I follow my congressman on Twitter:
Make sure you are using your congressmens or senators official Twitter account
Ex: @tammybaldwin is not her official Twitter account
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., said the provision amounts to “tremendous overreach” because the appropriations bill is meant to fund the Interior Department’s activities, not direct policy decisions.