Trump Administration Returns Management and Protection of Gray Wolves to States and Tribes Following Successful Recovery Efforts
More than 45 years after gray wolves were first listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Trump Administration and its many conservation partners are announcing the successful recovery of the gray wolf and its delisting from the ESA. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt was at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge to announce that state and tribal wildlife management agency professionals will resume responsibility for sustainable management and protection of delisted gray wolves in states with gray wolf populations, while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) monitors the species for five years to ensure the continued success of the species.
President Trump Signs S. 3051, America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act
The law will Commission a study by the National Academy of Sciences regarding the pathways and mechanisms of the transmission of CWD in the United States; establish a CWD task force to develop an interstate action plan for state and federal cooperation relating to the disease; establish a program to provide grants to states and Indian tribes to compensate livestock producers for losses due to predation by federally protected species such as wolves or grizzly bears; authorize the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue depredation permits to livestock producers to allow for the taking of black vultures or common ravens under specified circumstances during calving or lambing season; establish a Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize for technological innovation to reduce human-predator conflict using non-lethal means; authorize funds to combat the threat of invasive species; and encourage partnerships among public agencies and other interested parties for promoting fish conservation.
Censorship Of Hunters By Social Media
Houston Safari Club joined forces with America’s Media Watchdog (mrc.org), The Hunting Consortium Ltd. and several other organizations to present a letter of to Kevin Martin is the Vice-President for US Public Policy at Facebook. The purpose of the communication was to communicate discontent and frustration with Facebook and Instagram’s censorship of legal, regulated hunting. In recent years, there has been a marked increase in hunting-related content being removed or censored for breaching “community standards.” It clearly states in the platforms’ community standards that hunting is acceptable. However, Facebook has removed thousands of hunting and non-hunting images ties to The Hunting Consortium Ltd. and has blocked their instant messaging, link sharing and content sharing capabilities.