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Cornyn’s opposition to gray wolf protection angers Belton reader

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To the Editor:

In a gesture smacking of political back-rubbing, Sen. John Cornyn signed a circulating letter to Dan Ashe, director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, dated Nov. 13, 2013, stating he was (1) a “strong supporter” of the Service’s proposal to remove federal protection of gray wolves nationwide, and (2) “opposed to the provision” that would list the Mexican wolf as an endangered sub-species.

Texas congressional Reps. Kevin Brady, Mike Conaway, Bill Flores, Kenny Marchant, Randy Neugebauer, Pete Sessions, Steve Stockman, and Randy Weber also signed this letter.

With only 75 in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, and only three breeding pairs, Mexican gray wolves, or Lobos, are quite literally teetering on the brink of extinction.

By signing this letter, these politicians have demonstrated incredible ignorance and a total lack of human compassion for the world’s most endangered wolves.

In six states where ESA protections have already been completely removed, wolves are aggressively hunted.

Wolf numbers are in decline, even without the USFWS’s proposal.

I attended the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s public hearings in Denver and Albuquerque and was among the speakers overwhelmingly opposed to the service’s two proposals.

The politicians who signed this letter do not speak for most of us. Obviously, they have nothing better to do in Washington than to gang up on these animals who are already struggling to survive.

Waldo Montgomery

Belton

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