by Staci-lee Sherwood as published on RealityCheckswithStaciLee
“Back in the 1990’s Defenders of Wildlife was the non-profit that got things done, at least for wolves…”
During the 90s they were the face of wolf conservation, helping to restore them back in Yellowstone National Park and Idaho. The group promoted a program for ranchers who lost livestock to verified predation were financially compensated. This helped smooth over some of the opposition to wolf re-introduction. That was 30 years ago.
Since losing their legal protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) wolf populations throughout the US have been decimated to where they should be re-listed. In response to this wolves were, temporarily, relisted but only in a few states. The three main wolf hating/hunting states; Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, have refused to have them relisted and continue to hunt them. The re-introduction program had been a great success and shining example of conservation. It was a restoration from an atrocity that occurred a century ago when wolves had been exterminated in the lower 48 states. Now it looks like we are circling back to where uncontrolled hunting could exterminate them again.
For years I heard rumors about Defenders of Wildlife supporting hunting and they do, even of wolves. In the 1980s and most of the 1990s it was impossible to verify rumors. Now with a few clicks truth can be exposed to the world. In an interview from 2014 Defenders of Wildlife defends hunting wolves….yes you read that right…(CONTINUED)