Monday, July 23, 2007

Political Decisions Likely to Be Revered at Fish & Wildlife

The US Fish & Wildlife Service may reverse eight endangered species decisions the agency now says were politically motivated. From Reuters:

The decisions under review affected species as varied as the Hawaiian picture-wing fly and the white-tailed prairie dog. All involved input from Julie MacDonald, a former deputy assistant secretary who resigned in May after government scientists complained of political interference.
Dale Hall, head of Fish & Wildlife says reversals of all eight decisions are likely.

The Interior Department's Inspector General released a report earlier this year critical of politics trumping science at the Service. (Reuters)

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