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Another Victim of This Budget Nonsense: Wolves

Ignoring science yet again, Congress determines that wolves aren't endangered. As part of a budget negotiation.


Congress has never once determined whether a species should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. In the past that's been left up to, you know, experts. But that's just changed. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Representative Mike Simpson (R-ID) slipped a rider into this must-pass budget deal that effectively strips wolves of their protection under the ESA in Montana, Idaho, and parts of Washington, Oregon, and Utah.

In other words, Congress has, yet again, decided to insert its own legislative authority over that of the scientists (who Congress has entrusted to make these decisions), and over that of the courts.

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