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May 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A congressional investigator asserted Wednesday that at least four Interior Department officials might have inappropriately interfered in decisions on protecting endangered species. The four may have put political pressure on lower-ranking employees who were deciding endangered species cases, said an investigator for the Government Accountability Office. The allegation came during a House hearing on purported interference by Julie MacDonald, an Interior official who resigned last year after the department's inspector general found that she had pressured government scientists to alter their findings about endangered species and leaked information to industry officials.
September 5, 1991
The ugly irony of it all. Our family adopted two baby endangered desert tortoises last Christmas. We give them daily care. The vet bills mount as they have frequent bouts with respiratory disease. We see them as an important part of history and our planet's future survival. And the irony? As we struggle to save our fragile endangered tortoises, our neighbors in Las Vegas Valley plan to kill them. How stupid and ignorant. SUSAN TELLEM MARSHALL THOMPSON Beverly Hills
January 11, 1993
A letter (Dec. 31) by Elden Hughes of the Sierra Club accused U.S. Sen. Steve Symms and the BlueRibbon Coalition of advocating a "shoot, shovel and shut up" strategy of dealing with endangered species. Symms was the keynote speaker at our 1992 convention in Salt Lake City, and did not advocate that policy. Symms said: "Because of abuses of the endangered species act by environmental extremists, some folks have been forced to consider a 'Shoot, shovel, and shut up' policy. This is counterproductive to protecting endangered wildlife.
February 13, 2005
Re "U.S. Scientists Say They Are Told to Alter Findings," Feb. 10: The Bush administration criticizes the Endangered Species Act for failing to restore healthy populations of wildlife, so its solution is to further weaken the act. The administration's claims, however, are false. In addition to the bald eagle, recently recovered species include sea turtles, Florida manatees, California sea otters and black-footed ferrets in the northern Plains states. Biologist Sally Stefferud of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said she was not surprised by the survey findings.
March 28, 1997
As a biologist who works with endangered species, I was disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling allowing lawsuits by those who have been "harmed" by the Endangered Species Act (March 20). However, my disappointment is not that landowners may sue, as it is doubtful most plaintiffs will prove their case in court. Many disaster stories allegedly attributed to endangered species are fraught with hyperbole. Rather, my concern is that the innumerable lawsuits that will now be filed will draw experienced, capable staff at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service away from tasks related to environmental protection.
December 13, 1986
Regarding the letter on the plight of unfortunate dogs in the back of pickup trucks on the freeway: I have seen so many such letters in The Times but I have yet to see a flood of letters about people, particularly children riding in the backs of pickup trucks and children riding unrestrained in cars. Not only is this practice dangerous and inhumane but clearly prohibited by law. It puzzles me that people are concerned enough to write to The Times about endangered dogs but not about endangered children.
March 14, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
More than 1 million pounds of carp that were threatening endangered fish have been pulled out of Utah Lake this winter, with most of it going to a farmer's fields and a nearby mink farm. The carp are being removed to save the June sucker, an endangered fish that lives only in Utah Lake and its tributaries. When carp feed on the lake bottom, they tear up vegetation that provides important places for young June suckers to hide. Wildlife officials say around 5 million pounds of carp must come out of lake each year to make enough room for the June sucker.
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