Congress may remove Rocky Mountain wolves' protection
The repopulation of grey wolves in Montana and Idaho led to their removal from the Endangered Species List in 2008, concerning many conservationists. But last August a U.S. federal judge ruled this kind of subdivision of populations illegal.
Now Michael Brune of the Sierra Club says lawmakers seek to withdraw this protection through a budget amendment. [tip: Ezno]
The Club is running a campaign to stop the amendment, which has already passed the House. Similar law was proposed by Montana senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester, while John Kyl of Arizona recently proposed to withdraw federal protection from all grey wolves.
SEC. 1713. -- Before the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of enactment of this division, the Secretary of the Interior shall reissue the final rule published on April 2, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 15123 et seq.) without regard to any other provision of statute or regulation that applies to issuance of such rule. Such reissuance (including this section) shall not be subject to judicial review.
Update (16 April): The bill containing this provision has passed into law.