Wolf Delisting News

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Big Game Forever Supporters,
There is more big news for the Northern Rockies and Western Great Lakes on wolf delisting.  Yesterday, May 5, 2011, US Fish and Wildlife Service announced finalization of wolf delisting of the Northern Rockies (not including Wyoming) and also the Western Great Lakes (after a public comment period).  The decision to delist is based on overwhealming consensus that: (1) gray wolves are recovered; and (2) that is not appropriate to use the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as an ongoing management tool in these states.  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar boldly explained, “From a biological perspective [wolves] have now recovered.”  Separately Secretary Salazar indicated, “These delistings are possible because the species is recovered in these regions.”
There have been many developments as a result of these decisions that have generated some very interesting questions.  Here is what these developments mean. [Read more…]

Renewing a Call for Congress to Delist Wolves

MISSOULA, Mont.—New data reveal a massive one-year decline in elk populations at ground zero of wolf restoration—Yellowstone—and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is renewing its call for Congress to delist wolves legislatively.

Reports also indicate that moose in the Yellowstone region are nearly nonexistent, adding even more urgency to the RMEF call for Congressional action.

RMEF President and CEO David Allen says two bills in Congress, a House version (H.R. 509) and a new Senate version (S. 249), hold the best promise. RMEF is asking lawmakers to remove unnecessary federal protections on burgeoning wolf populations and grant science-based wolf management authority to the states. [Read more…]

Judge to Hear Arguments in Wolf Delisting…Again

HELENA, Mont. (AP) A federal judge in Missoula will hear oral arguments on June 15 on whether gray wolves in Montana and Idaho should be removed from the list of federally protected species.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy filed the paperwork Monday scheduling the hearing.

The hearing comes in a lawsuit filed by Earthjustice on behalf of 13 conservation and wildlife groups over whether wolves can be removed from protection under the Endangered Species Act in Montana and Idaho yet remain protected in Wyoming.

Wyoming plans to manage wolves as predators that can be shot on sight and the federal government says that does not afford the animals enough protection.