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Protection of wolves in Maine debated

Post by xSelene » Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:52 pm

Protection of wolves in Maine debated
06.08.2011

AUGUSTA, Maine — A federal proposal to remove wolves in Midwestern states from the Endangered Species Act is causing alarm in Maine among wildlife advocates who fear the delisting also could end legal protections for wolves in the Northeast — if they exist, that is.

Earlier this spring, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that gray wolf populations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and other Great Lakes states had rebounded to the point where the animals may no longer merit federal protection.

But the proposal to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act list may affect Maine and 28 other states.

“Wolves in the Northeast are not gray wolves,” Mary Parkin, endangered species recovery coordinator for the wildlife service in the Northeast, told an audience on Wednesday night. “They were thought to be gray wolves until very recently. But after looking at genetic data … it appears that we have a different subspecies here.”

That subspecies, according to the agency, is the same type of wolf that still prowls areas of eastern Canada — including just across the border in neighboring Quebec. And right now, the eastern wolf is not listed on the endangered species list, meaning that any wolves that appear in Maine would not be protected.

Representatives of wildlife advocacy groups on Wednesday urged fish and wildlife biologists not to move forward with plans to remove wolves from the list, arguing the changes would remove any protections for the wolves that they believe already live in Maine.

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Re: Protection of wolves in Maine debated

Post by Grin » Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:20 am

Hm, a debate always seems to arouse when people propose taking wolves off of the endangered species list. Thanks for sharing this, Selene. :]

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Re: Protection of wolves in Maine debated

Post by Canidae » Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:41 pm

How about we find evidence of wolves in Maine before becoming worried about removing protections from them?
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Re: Protection of wolves in Maine debated

Post by Koa » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:24 am

Canidae wrote:How about we find evidence of wolves in Maine before becoming worried about removing protections from them?
No kidding - when I saw the title I was like "What?"

I mean really.. I think they are becoming a bit too worried.
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Re: Protection of wolves in Maine debated

Post by wolfoflegend » Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:28 am

Koa wrote:
Canidae wrote:How about we find evidence of wolves in Maine before becoming worried about removing protections from them?
No kidding - when I saw the title I was like "What?"

I mean really.. I think they are becoming a bit too worried.
I think "paranoid" is the word your looking for. :]
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Re: Protection of wolves in Maine debated

Post by NewMooon » Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:21 am

wolfoflegend wrote:
Koa wrote:
Canidae wrote:How about we find evidence of wolves in Maine before becoming worried about removing protections from them?
No kidding - when I saw the title I was like "What?"

I mean really.. I think they are becoming a bit too worried.
I think "paranoid" is the word your looking for. :]
Thanks for the share,
Selene!
They are defiantly... paranoid about this.
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Re: Protection of wolves in Maine debated

Post by safren » Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:05 am

Thanks for sharing this Selene!
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