Endangered Species Act lost sight of its mission

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  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    March 9, 2014 7:49 p.m.

    And yet the author neglects to mention that the world is loosing species at an increasing rate. So if anything we need more protection not less.

    The grouse population increased for 1 year? That's the argument they don't need any more protection?

    More pseudo science from naysayers.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2014 7:20 p.m.

    To "Irony Guy" who complains that, "...every member of the 'Congressional Study Group' is a Republican tied to big agriculture or forest products", I can't help but observe that the only thing you comment on is of a political nature and completely ignore the atrocious performance statistics.

    Are you not at all concerned by the abysmal performance regarding the original purpose of the "Endangered Species Act"?

    More than anything else, your narrow and warped focus simply confirms the general thrust of the article, that the ESA, and it appears you, have lost sight of the mission.

  • Stable thought FORT MORGAN, CO
    March 7, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    Good Article, there is always easier ways to accomplish a goal, rather that being combative with property owners, find ways to give incentives to be a good steward of the land and wildlife. Suing good law abiding land owners is not the answer, it becomes power grab by not so well intentioned bureaucrats.

  • Bill Meeker El Paso, TX
    March 7, 2014 12:07 p.m.

    Of course the ESA did not lose sight of its mission. USFWS has however, and for quite some time. A person only has to go down the list: ESA, MBTA, WBCA, etc. to see that for every law passed by Congress and implemented by the USFWS, great effort is made by officials within the Service to manipulate each so as to use the resulting regulations as weapons against citizens. Conservation is no longer a goal. Restricting citizen activity is. The Natural Resources Committee is very much aware of this. They are informed of the corruption in the Service destroying businesses that would otherwise contribute to conservation. They also know of massive litigation efforts wasting funds originally designated for conservation but redirected to cover Service legal expenses. And is their response to all this to hold corrupt and abusive Service officials accountable? Sadly no. They conduct more meetings!

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    March 7, 2014 10:31 a.m.

    This editorial neglects to point out that every member of the "Congressional Study Group" is a Republican tied to big agriculture or forest products. Their report is utterly predictable with the findings completely determined long before any "study" was held. Wildlife will suffer for it, and so will we.