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Conservation Groups Challenge Kill-at-Will Policy for Wyoming Wolves

posted Nov 6, 2012, 11:51 AM by chloe owens

9/10/12, Earthjustice (National Headquarters-San Francisco, CA)

Conservation Groups Challenge Kill-at-Will Policy for Wyoming Wolves

Bozeman, MT – Conservation groups, represented by Earthjustice, today served notice that they will file a court challenge to the federal government’s removal of Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for Wyoming wolves.  Earthjustice is representing Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Sierra Club in this action.

Today’s announcement by the conservation groups comes on the heels of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to turn wolf management in Wyoming over to state officials, despite the fact that Wyoming’s wolf management policies open the door to unlimited wolf killing throughout most of the state and provide inadequate protection for wolves even where killing is regulated.  The Fish and Wildlife Service publicly announced the ESA delisting of wolves in Wyoming on August 31, 2012 but the agency’s delisting rule was not officially published in the Federal Register until this morning.

“Wyoming’s wolf management plan is poor policy, weak in its protection of wolves, and is based on flimsy science,” said Franz Camenzind, a retired Ph.D. wildlife biologist who lives in the Jackson Hole area.  “Wyoming’s plan sets a very disturbing precedent for other states by abdicating management responsibility of a native wildlife species over nearly 90 percent of the state.”