We can thank President Obama and White House science advisor John Holdren for setting aside an impartial party to determine the level of bias our science policy makers and their recommendations impart. However, we cannot thank other political figures for ignoring science in their creation of those policies, especially where wolves are concerned.
Those politicians managed to remove the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) from the Endangered Species list several years ago and that incident occurred without a single input from the constituents they represent or any scientific data to back this act; subsequently, this move has severely damaged the trust people have had in their government. Perhaps a simple graph will display best one of the most pertinent results that something of this nature can have on the public:
The report also makes firm recommendations for correcting these constrained policy makers, especially the FWS:
The FWS should work to improve scientific integrity practices and minimize political interference in scientific decision making throughout the agency.
That's plain language that huge changes need to be implemented, but let's hope that the FWS makes those changes in time to save our wolves. In the meantime, we must be even more vigilent in our fight to save the wolves. Sign and send those petitions. Tweetstorm. And spread the news of our wolves so that their survival is evermost in the minds of everyone.
To read the full report, click this LINK. Keep up the good work. Stay strong and we will win.
October 3, 2015