Sadly I find myself continually surprised by some of the changes that get pushed through Washington regarding land and wildlife protection. The lastest surprise is an effort by the Bush administration to remove the American Bald Eagle from the Endangered Species Act. As with other environmental issues the Bush administration is ignoring sound scientific evidence coming from with in and outside the government.
I learned about this issue while listening to an NPR report on my way to work. Take a listen/read here
Looking into this a little further I could only find the Washington Post reporting on this back in December.
For those also unaware of the proposed changes to the American Bald Eagle protected status… although the American Bald Eagle population is doing well it is not completely out of harms way. The removal of protection provided by the Endangered Species Act opens the door for a variety of threats to the emerging population of eagles.
As quoted from the NPR Report:
“If they go forward with their proposal, I think the eagle is essentially unprotected from harm caused by development,” said John Kostyak, a lawyer for the National Wildlife Federation.
He said when the eagle comes off the list it will be protected by other federal laws â€” primarily the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. He says how much protection the eagle gets could come down to how the Bush administration defines just one word, “disturb.” The law says it’s illegal to disturb an eagle. But what does that mean?