The Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said in a statement on Thursday: “Today’s actions reflect the Trump administration’s efforts to conduct species based on legal parameters and the best scientific and commercial data available. An ongoing commitment to protection.”
He added: “After being listed as a species for more than 45 years, the gray wolf has exceeded all restoration protection targets. “Today’s announcement is only based on specific factors set by Congress in the law, and it is determined that the species is neither Endangered species are not endangered species either. “
Gray wolves once wandered from coast to coast, but due to the reduction in the number of prey and frequent conflicts with farmers and ranchers, they are almost endangered in nearly 48 states, and the latter’s livestock can easily become the target of hungry wolves. .
Environmental groups slammed the removal of the gray wolf from the endangered species list on Thursday.
Earth Justice attorney Christine Boyles said: “Wolves are only beginning to gain a foothold in places such as Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Wolves need federal protection to explore the habitats of the Southern Rockies and the Northeast.”
“The delisting decision is what happens when bad science drives bad policies-it’s illegal, so we will see them in court.”
Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer of Defenders of Wildlife, said: “It’s too early to deprive gray wolves for protection. The Wildlife Administration went to court to defend this iconic species.”
Some people attribute this move to final efforts to win voters in areas where the wolves live before the election. Opinion polls show that President Donald Trump is behind the Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Brett Hartl, chief political strategist at the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, said in a statement: “Wolves will be shot because Donald Trump recklessly provoked He is a voters in the Midwest.” “A few days before the election, Secretary Bernard’s naked political battlefield announced the end of the protection of wolves on the battlefield, which shows the corruption and selfishness of the Trump administration.”
CNN’s Gregory Wallace, Ellie Kaufman, Amanda Jackson, Francisco Guzman and Brian Ries contributed to this report.