In a complete reversal, the federal court on Thursday August 5, 2010
ruled in wolf lovers favor and restored endangered species protection to wolves in Montana and Idaho! Judge Donald Molloy ruled that Northern Rockies wolves must be returned to the endangered species list. Judge Molloy’s opinion clearly states that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service acted illegally when it removed wolves from the endangered species list in Idaho and Montana but left them on the list in Wyoming, splitting the population along political, rather than biological, lines. Judge Molloy wrote, “The Endangered Species Act does not allow the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to list only part of a ‘species’ as endangered.”
Now all wolves in the Northern Rockies are listed on the endangered species list. Finally this halts the legal slaughter of wolves that was to begin again next month.
The states’ miss management of wolves has decreased the wolf population significantly over the past year and a half. Since the Obama Administration stripped these wolves of federal protection, more than 500 of them have been gunned down by hunters or government agents.
In response, NRDC in partnership with Earthjustice and 13 other conservation groups sued the government in federal court and demanded endangered species protection for all 1,700 wolves across the Northern Rockies until their population is able to fully recover.
A federal judge agreed, saying that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted illegally when it removed wolves from the endangered species list in Idaho and Montana but left them on the list in Wyoming, splitting the population along political, rather than biological, lines.
The public hunting of wolves will not resume this fall. Hundreds of wolves that would have been killed will instead be spared. Wolves to their rightful place in Greater Yellowstone and across the Northern Rockies.
“Thanks everyone for your help. You sustained us through this long legal battle with your donations, your online activism and your absolute commitment to restoring wolves to their rightful place in Greater Yellowstone and across the Northern Rockies. –NRDC
We can only hope that the Obama Administration will now go back to the drawing board and come up with a solid plan that ensures the sustainable recovery of wolves over the long term.
“Deepest thanks to all groups including Nature’s Crusaders for helping to make this great victory possible.” – Mother Nature
Excerpts courtesy of http://www.nrdc.org
Image courtesy of Nature’s Crusaders library