Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Trump and Republicans work to gut the Endangered Species Act

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This picture of a Sierra Nevada red fox was the first confirmed detection in Yosemite in nearly a century

PHOTO BY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

“(T)hese bills go right at the key decision junctures in the act that protect species.” ~ Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity

The Trump administration, of course, values money and political power above the intrinsic value of the dwindling natural world. This is not a new concept, but this regime is the most extreme ever. Since inception, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state agencies that manage our public lands, waters, and wildlife have been funded primarily on fees collected for killing wildlife and weapon and ammunition taxes.

Now the Trump administration has ordered our federal agencies to consider economic concerns over protecting endangered species.

Republican legislator Don Young and the Congressional Western Caucus (representing hunter, trapper and rancher abuse of public…

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