The Nation: Species Reasoning

Conservationists were stunned.

What had doubtless seemed simple generosity to President Ford when he gave his Alaska timberwolf fur coat to an ad miring Leonid Brezhnev seemed to them defiling of an endangered species. Let ters and telegrams of protest greeted Ford on his return to Washington. It turned out that the Chief Executive was saved by the skin of his coat. While wolves in the Lower 48 states are on the endangered list, the 50,000 or so timber wolves that inhabit Alaska are not, so Ford emerged blameless on a technicality. The coat...

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