Budget bill add-on would impact wolves
April 14th, 2011
03:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Budget bill add-on would impact wolves

Washington (CNN) - A rider in the budget bill to keep the federal government in operation has triggered fury among some wildlife groups because it would remove certain wolves from the endangered species list.

The attachment affects gray wolf populations in Montana and Idaho.

"Right now, Montana's wolf population is out of balance and this provision will get us back on the responsible path with state management," Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, said in a written statement. He said he wrote the language together with Republican Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    And how does this create jobs or cut spending? Why was this allowed to be attached? So much for the "adults" being in charge.

    April 14, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    Uh oh! Now the Killer from Wasilla has free reign to gun down endangered wolves.

    April 14, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I got shut-out of the REAL budget story, so let me just say it here, if I may: The RethugliKKKlnas got played like a Stradivarius
    (sp) by THAT ONE!!!!!

    April 14, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    I guess there must money in this equation somewhere. Ah Ha! Mining. The wolves must be sitting on top of some resource rich real estate. Ya' think?

    You don't get it? Okay. Company wishes to obtain the resources sitting inside of publicly owned property. In order to obtains said resources, it may involve the disruption of the lives of the wild life in the area. This is normally not a problem, provided the disruptions are not too drastic, nor too permanent. Except, when the wild life is an endangered species. Solution: Remove said wild life from the endangered species list. Problem solved.

    April 14, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom(real one)

    What else is new? The GOP/Teas care absolutely nothing for our environment.

    April 14, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Dave

    Republicans have no respect for any life forms, let alone the endangered wolf

    April 14, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. rs

    Only the twisted mind of a Republican can link an EPA mandate on endangered species to a budget and deficit cutting proposal. Each passing day, they come to resemble unsustainable extremism like the Taliban.

    April 14, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Candy Taylor

    Wow! Add wolves to seniors, military, women, poor, middle class, police, firemen and disabled as victims of the GOP!

    April 14, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Makes me mad, for sure!

    April 14, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Positive

    This has NO place in a budget bill. Stop the "riders" all together. Budget and budget only. Make everything stand on it own merit.

    April 14, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. OneMoreTime

    So, 900,000 Montanans cannot share 145,552 square feet of land with 1600 endangered wolves. So much for
    being good stewards of God's creatures.

    April 14, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |