In response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice and eleven other conservation groups, a federal judge today (Friday, July 18) reinstated Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
The decision brings an immediate halt to the slaughter of over 100 wolves since the Bush administration stripped Endangered Species Act protection for Northern Rocky Mountain wolves in February 2008.
The judge reinstated wolf protection because he agreed that 1) the wolf had not met its federal recovery plan goals before being declared “recovered”, and 2) the state of Wyoming, in its rush to kill wolves, had not committed to maintaining enough wolves to sustain a viable population.
Calling the Bush administration’s arguments “disingenuous,” Judge Molloy noted that the administration had “flip-flopped without explanation” on critical wolf conservation policies.
The killing has stopped, but the battle isn’t over.
This preliminary injunction only holds until a final ruling in the case is issued later this year. And anticipating that it’s weak argument for removing wolves from the endangered species list would fail, the Bush administration established a separate decision allowing the killing of wolves even if they are returned to the federal endangered species list. We’re in court fighting that rule, also.
Thanks for your support in our efforts to save wolves in the Northern Rockies, the Southwest and Great Lakes. Without the help of our members and supporters, none of this would be possible.
Kieran Suckling, Executive Director, Center for Biological Diversity
I’ve been on vacation for the last couple of weeks and have been wading through a huge pile of e-mails and letters. The above letter is one of the first I read when I got back last night and it’s so important that it’s the first thing I’m blogging on.
No, the war to protect the wolves isn’t over … but we’ve won this battle! If you’d like to thank Kieran for the fine work his organization has done to help protect the wolves, you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also learn more about the fine work they are doing at http://www.biologicalDiversity.org. /Gary