It began with one of those congressional quid pro quos, where bartering occurs almost below the radar, where members of Congress give a little to get a little, where seemingly unimportant concessions are made. But when the transaction took place in April, 2011, at the behest of congressional leaders from Montana and Idaho, a “rider” was attached to the stymied budget bill that removed wolves from the federal endangered species list in Montana, Idaho, and parts of Washington, Oregon, and Utah from the federal endangered species list and set the stage for near-term delisting in Wyoming, which occurred in 2012. The nation’s iconic apex predator, the wolf, is in the crosshairs just about everywhere and its future is quite bleak.
By Virginia Fuller| January 11, 2013
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