Gerry Canavan

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First, Let’s Kill All the Wolves

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One of the planned essays for our Green Planets book (from the brilliant Christina Alt) is about the prevalence of animal extinction and extermination fantasies in turn-of-the-century utopias like Wells’s. That was the first thing I thought of when I saw this link from Lawyers, Guns, and Money to this Prospect story on current plans to wipe out the gray wolf (again).

The reintroduction, he told me, had been one of the epic wildlife-recovery stories in U.S. history; in little more than 15 years, the number of wolves in the Northern Rockies had gone from 66 to roughly 1,600. Yet concerns about the threat posed by the wolves to cow, sheep, and elk populations had led to a stark reversal. After spending upward of $40 million studying the animals—then capturing, collaring, tracking, and protecting them—the federal government last year scheduled wolves to be killed in huge numbers across the Northern Rockies. In April 2011, following a series of lawsuits and an unprecedented intervention by Congress, canis lupus was removed from the endangered species list.

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March 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm

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