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Wolf Hunts in Montana and Idaho Blocked

Wolf Hunts in Montana and Idaho Blocked

A federal judge in Montana has ordered the gray wolf species will have its endangered species protections reinstated. In July Montana had just approved a larger wolf hunt for this Fall, but the judge’s new opinion has blocked that event. Gray wolves had been delisted from the Endangered Species List in  the spring of 2009, by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy recently found that to be a political decision and overturned it.

Of course, if gray wolves are under protection of the Endangered Species Act once again, it would be illegal for the hunting of them to take place. Earth Justice attorney Doug Honnold said, “For today, we are celebrating that the approach we thought was flatly illegal has been rejected. The troubling consequences for the Endangered Species Act has been averted and the wolf hunts are blocked.”

Montana had actually approved the killing of 186 wild wolves in a hunt to take place this fall. In July, a Natural Resources Defense Council representative said of the plan for an increased hunt, “We are ultimately disappointed, we don’t think wolves are fully recovered in the Northern Rockies yet, and with so many sources of wolf mortality on the landscape, the biggest being lethal control action for livestock depredation, we think a wolf hunt is premature at this time.” Now the NRDC must be elated with the latest ruling which puts a stop to the hunts.

The Idaho Mountain Express reported, “This ruling effectively cancels the 2010-11 wolf hunting season for Idaho.”

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5:09AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

We need to start appreciating and respecting these fabulous animals...they were here 1st and are part of Nature. Leave them be. Please.

3:37PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Please save this species forever

3:32PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

FANTASTIC!

6:05AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Fantastic!

2:05PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Hooray! Thank you for sharing that information...a welcomed victory.

1:14PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

How wonderful. I have always loved these magnificent animals so important to the ecosystem. I hope more states will follow.And thanks to this caring federal judge in Montana. he is also very brave to go against these blood thirty moronsnwho shoot for the love of it never thinking of the misery to the poor wee cubs that are left orphans.

11:25AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Good.

12:01PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

Wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

2:03PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Wonderful news.

7:30AM PDT on May 15, 2012

great news

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