Among bills floating around Washington, D.C., right now is a bit of legislation designed to drastically curb the Endangered Species Act.
The act was passed under Richard Nixon’s Republican administration and is supported whole-heartedly by Democrats. It is a rarity — one of the common-sense, bipartisan rules from a simpler time.
The act has helped save such species as the black-footed ferret, Florida manatee, gray wolf, American alligator and none other than the national bird itself, the bald eagle, from nearly certain demise. Kansas’ state mammal, the bison, also has come back from the brink of extinction thanks to the Endangered Species Act.
I hope someday, if I ever have children or grandchildren, I am able to take them to a park and show them a bison or brown bear or bald eagle in its natural habitat.
I also encourage landowners to use their own property to help preserve these animals for years to come. Private conservation efforts are vital, too.
The Quality Deer Management Association on Saturday tweeted out a great quote from former President Theodore Roosevelt about this exact issue.
“The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.”