Wolf Settlement Denied

Wolves Chasing Bull Elk

Wolves Chasing Bull Elk

MISSOULA, Mont.”The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is praising a judge’s denial of a proposed settlement over wolf delisting. RMEF also is renewing a call for Congress to rescue science-based wildlife management from the frivolous lawsuits that have kept the issue mired in court proceedings and bureaucracy for many years.

We’re pleased with Judge Molloy’s decision to deny this so-called settlement because it was just another stall tactica set-up for more legal challenges in the very near future, said RMEF President and CEO David Allen.

He added, Congress now has an opportunity to grant true management authority to states where gray wolf populations are biologically recovered. We urge lawmakers to respond now to a growing conservation problem.

Allen says Molloy’s decision has left animal rights groups scrambling for a way to head off Congressional action to delist fully recovered wolf populations once and for all. He predicts that activists will try to sway lawmakers into protecting at least some federal involvement in state wolf management, leaving the door open for more legal antics in federal court.

He urges RMEF members and other conservationists to contact their elected federal representatives and ask them to support a remedy that allows states to manage biologically recovered populations of wildlife.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Snowy peaks, dark timber basins and grassy meadows. RMEF is leading an elk country initiative that has conserved or enhanced habitat on over 5.9 million acresa land area equivalent to a swath three miles wide and stretching along the entire Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. RMEF also works to open, secure and improve public access for hunting, fishing and other recreation. Get involved at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.

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