When Losing Is Winning

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Our Founders designed a system of law here in the U.S. that was intended to make change an agonizing process. The purpose was to force us to slow down and deliberate. Quick changes in the law tend to be emotional rather than rational and the results are a sea of rough waves and serious instability along the shoreline.

Unfortunately, we have made a lot of changes over the years that bypassed the system and which have created a mess of our legal system and our society. High on my personal list of failures was allowing the passage of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Fortunately, we are fixing some of that now.

That brings me to today’s highlighted article, Court Sides With Sportsmen on Key Issue, But Leaves Wolves Protected For Now.

The bad news is that wolves will remain protected in the Western Great Lakes region for the immediate future. The good news is that the court gave the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service a road map for getting those wolves delisted.

Key points:

The definition of “range” for listing purposes means “current range.” In other words, we don’t need to have wolves across the entire continent “restored” before we can remove them from listing in their Distinct Population Segments.

The characterization of Minnesota as an “unregulated killing zone” was found to be nonsense. Hmm… sounds like the same characterization that is being used against the folks in Wyoming.

The fact that surrounding states do not have regulatory plans for wolf management is irrelevant because there are virtually no wolves in those areas.

There were other findings that are helpful to the cause of wolf delisting but I’ll let you read those for yourself.

The bottom line is that we are stuck with the ESA for the moment. However, we most certainly can fight to make the environmentalists fall into lockstep with the boondoggle they created and quit allowing them to make up the rules as they go along.

Author: Daniel D. Lamoreux

As an outdoor writer and freelance photographer, Dan's publishing credits include articles and/or photographs in more than 40 state, regional and national publications and he has authored three books. His expertise on the subject matter has been developed from over 40 years experience pursuing the outdoor sports.

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