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Lawsuit Launched Against Kill-at-will Wyoming wolf Policy

posted Oct 1, 2012, 9:57 PM by Katy Nomura   [ updated Oct 1, 2012, 10:03 PM ]

Center for Biological Diversity

Endangered Earth

No. 634, September 13, 2012


Lawsuit Launched Against Kill-at-will Wyoming Wolf Policy

Backed by a massive outpouring of support from our members, the Center for Biological Diversity and allies (represented by Earthjustice) this week filed a notice of intent to sue the federal government for removing Endangered Species Act protections from imperiled gray wolves in Wyoming. Wyoming's wolf-management policies open the door to unlimited wolf killing in most of the state, including aerial gunning and even killing pups in their dens -- and the state provides inadequate protections even in the 15 percent of its area where killing is regulated. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved removing protections even though past versions of Wyoming's wolf plan were rejected because of the devastating effects they would have had on gray wolf populations in the northern Rocky Mountains. This week's legal notice follows years of work by the Center and others to protect wolves in the northern Rockies until their population can sufficiently recover from near-extinction and state laws safeguard their recovery.

The Center could not have launched this critical lawsuit without our members stepping up when we needed them most with generous gifts to the Emergency Wolf Protection Fund. Thank you so much for your passion for Wyoming's noble, beautiful gray wolves and the ecosystems they help support.

Photo credits: Gray wolf courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Anne von Brill; gray wolf courtesy Flickr Commons

Katy Nomura,
Oct 1, 2012, 9:58 PM