The Endangered Species Act is one of the world's most effective wildlife protection laws. More than 1,300 imperiled species of plants, fish, and wildlife in the United States - including the gray wolf - have been protected by the ESA. The Endangered Species Coalition reports that only ten species have gone extinct since the ESA became law.
The ESA was passed more than 40 years ago with bipartisan support. But now, reports the Center for Biological Diversity, right-wing politicians are pushing:
"A new raft of sneaky laws that would end federal protection of wolves in Oregon, Utah, Washington, Arizona and New Mexico, turning the west into a minefield for wolves who could be shot, trapped and poisoned simply by stepping across a state line. There are only 155 wolves left across more than 250,000 square miles of the west - these social animals would be under constant threat as they migrate, seek mates, start families and struggle to reclaim their historic range."
The attack on the ESA is ferocious. The Defenders of Wildlife wrote recently: