In December 2017, E&E News released a leaked U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service memo that revised how the agency assembles scientific data about rare species. Previously, species status assessment teams, composed of scientists who were experts in related fields, gathered the best available data about an organism. The Fish and Wildlife Service would use that information to make decisions about whether to list the species. Per the memo, teams must now include state-appointed members. The new policy went into effect on Nov. 1.
Congress and the White House — has found new strategies to replace science with politics, weakening the laws protecting the country’s biodiversity. According to the leaked memo, assessment teams must now include at least two representatives from each state in which the species is found, including one appointed by the state governor.
Decisions made to list or delist endangered species must be made under the best available science, not by politicians. To think about all the wolf-antagonistic states that have openly stated they would rather delist wolves could mean life or death for wolves as well as many other endangered species. #ExtinctionIsForever #FollowtheScince #ScienceOverPolitics