If these claims of economic doom and gloom purportedly caused by the ESA had any foundation in fact, this would be a serious problem warranting close attention. Fortunately, the adverse economic impacts attributed to the ESA have no basis in "fact" and we now have compelling new peer-reviewed data to prove it.
Congressional attacks on bedrock environmental laws are sadly nothing new. What is new, however, is the overwhelming magnitude and targeted nature of this recent wave of attacks. They are clearly intended to undermine the strength of lands, water and wildlife protections and would have disastrous implications for the future of conservation in the U.S.
Keystone predators, such as wolves, control prey numbers and behavior. On the lookout for wolves, wary elk eat more sparingly. This releases shrubs and saplings from browsing pressure, improves habitat for other species, and increases biodiversity. These cascading effects are based on powerful evolutionary relationships.