Letter to the Editor

ESA still needed

San Luis ObispoJune 24, 2013 

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. The ESA has served as our country’s safety net for imperiled wildlife on the brink of extinction. Iconic species such as the bald eagle and the grizzly bear, in the Lower 48 states, have not disappeared from nature’s landscape thanks to the act and adequate funding from our government.

However, at the present time, the act is under scrutiny by the government and facing devastating cutbacks and delistings by our Congress and Senate.

As I write this, one of our apex predators, the gray wolf, is slated to be removed from the act’s lists with little regard for the years of scientific research that reveals the Wolf Recovery Program is still necessary for full implementation and sustainable recovery of the species.

I urge you to contact our legislators in the House and the Senate, and to voice your concern so a national treasure, the Endangered Species Act, remains a vital protector of another American treasure, our magnificent wildlife.

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