Several wildlife protection groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, are again trying to put wolves back on the Endangered Species list. If you recall, Congress called for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove wolves from the list without judicial review. That put Montana and Idaho on track to implement hunting seasons this fall. Plus, Wyoming also jumped ahead with its plans and is closer to securing a season as well.
The latest court case doesn’t even consider whether wolves are recovered or not; it deals with the fact that Congress may have overstepped its power.
I’m not a legislative expert, so I can’t defend Congress. But if the wildlife protection groups believe Congress may have overstepped its power, what do they believe they are doing by taking wildlife management out of the hands of the states and into the courtroom?
They’ve found a friend in Montana Judge Donald Molloy and realize that once again they might be able to halt wolf hunting in the Rocky Mountains where numerous elk herds have fallen below recoverable levels and moose are nonexistent in the Yellowstone region.
I guess what rubs me wrong isn’t the fact these groups continue to use courts to mandate their own wildlife management. What rubs me wrong is the fact they have never put their money where their mouth is, thus they don’t deserve an equal voice. Hunters have contributed more than $1 billion through the Pittman-Robertson Act, which taxes our gear and sends the money straight to conservation. What have animal rights groups brought to the table? Nothing.
Match what hunters have donated in both monetary and volunteer efforts and then let’s talk.