21 June 2012 Rough Week on the Hill for Wildlife Posted by: Julia Collins | 1 comment | Share: This week wildlife suffered a double blow. On Tuesday when the House of Representatives passed a bill that stripped environmental protections from enormous tracks of public lands along the U.S. border. This presents serious threats to wildlife by allowing Border Patrol to be excused from existing laws that protect sensitive areas such national parks and wildlife refuges. The second blow came on Wednesday from the House Interior Department Appropriations Subcommittee. The subcommittee passed a bill that not only cuts the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) budget by more than 20 percent, it also forces a FWS decision on whether wolves in Wyoming be removed from the endangered species list. Wyoming is a state that is planning extensive wolf killing programs once the species is delisted. Defenders of Wildlife’s president, Jamie Rappaport Clark, blasted the measure in a statement: “These are policy changes industry and conservatives alike have sought for years and the current state of the economy is only the latest excuse for pursuing their extreme agenda. It is yet another example of Congress kowtowing to the special interests and enacting shortsighted policies that leave the next generation holding the bill.” One Response to “Rough Week on the Hill for Wildlife” Lanie Bemboom August 25th, 2012 This content is constructed for thinking readers. I found this to be interesting, for lack of a better word and contains excellent points. Thank you. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap- Up California wavering on protection for gray wolves under state law; Defenders of Wildlife featured on the HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell show tonight; A close up look at the science: wolf breeding pairs in Idaho; bad bills for Mexican gray wolves in Arizona. The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! See if your favorite won, and take a look at some of the amazing runner-ups. We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home?