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Grey Wolves Hunted Again - from Endangered to Fair Game

With the judicial decision to allow the controlled hunting of Grey Wolves, hunters and townspeople take action. And they have more than pitchforks and torches.

Eugene, OR, October 07, 2009 --( One particular quarrel has been increasingly getting louder in the judicial world, emitting from the continental northwest of the United States. The dispute seems classic on the surface, as the parties pitted against one another are animal rights activists and hunters, but given a deeper look, there seems to be some circular arguments in which all find common ground.

The matter at hand is the delisting of the Grey Wolf, a previously endangered species protected by the EPA. In conjunction with this delisting, some states, such as Idaho, have been given the green light to hunt these animals as trophy game. These hunts are being federally regulated and are given a minority percentage of the entire population. The hunters, who are pleased with the overall decision of the allowance of hunting, claimed that the wolves were attacking livestock as well as hindering the advancement of other wild animals, whereas the animal rights activists are concerned that the hunt will cause irreparable damage to the Grey Wolf population.

To comment on the matter, endangered species advocate Fred Smilek, of the Society to Save Endangered Species, shares his concern:

“I must admit that when I first heard the news to allow the hunt, I was angry and shocked that this animal could be delisted,” commented Smilek. “However, I find myself siding with both activists as I see how the growth of this population can be a burden and a hindrance to other animals, potentially causing their endangerment.” Due to the sensitive nature of this case, the Society to Save Endangered Species has been gathering resources and preparing resources for anyone to gain a better understanding or become involved in this case-the society expects this information to be made readily available on their website soon and they encourage everyone to learn more about this heated debate.

Fred Smilek, President and founder of the Society to Save Endangered Species, has been protecting endangered animals for years. With nearly 20 members, the society has raised awareness and substantial funds for the advancement and protection of endangered species throughout the world. Currently, Fred and his society are keeping a close eye on the wolf hunt with “a level of hope and assurance that those regulating will handle this with the utmost care and caution.”

For more information on Fred Smilek, the Society to Save Endangered Species, and the most recent updates on the Grey Wolf situation, visit

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