I wish I could suggest this was a surprise:
Lawmakers try to lift wolf protection despite deal – Associated Press
Key lawmakers in the political skirmish over gray wolves in the West say they will continue their efforts to lift federal protections for the predators, despite a proposed settlement between environmentalists and the government.
When I watched the political process unfold in Idaho, I learned something:
A few conservationists’ attempted to appease the flagrant anti-wolf sentiment of the heavy-handed IDFG management plan by agreeing to sign off on everything in exchange for a sliver of a “wolf watching area” in the Wood River Valley. One crumb was asked, where hunting would be off-limits. Decision-makers scoffed and rejected the idea.
How did compensation work at increasing tolerance for wolves ? It hasn’t.
Rational decision-making processes haven’t worked with anti-wolfers. Political appeasement hasn’t worked. In fact, it seems to be counterproductive, accomplishing little more than a demonstration of weakness – emboldening the anti-wolf effort.
Added 4/1/11 ~ a more lengthy rendition of the AP story :
Lawmakers to keep pressing wolf bills despite settlement between wolf advocates and government