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Appeals Court Ruling Protecting Wolves Could Save the Yellowstone Grizzlies

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A federal appeals court on Tuesday chose to keep in place Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region, could save the lives Yellowstone Grizzlies.


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Janis K (126)
Friday August 4, 2017, 9:24 pm
Thanks for sharing

Fiona O (561)
Friday August 4, 2017, 9:24 pm
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a lower court’s 2014 ruling that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted prematurely when it removed protections for wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The federal agency “failed to reasonably analyze or consider” the effects of its decision on the greater population of gray wolves, the appeals court said.

“The Service’s power is to designate genuinely discrete population segments; it is not to delist an already-protected species by balkanization,” the court ruled. “The Service cannot circumvent the Endangered Species Act’s explicit delisting standards by riving an existing listing into a recovered sub-group and a leftover group that becomes an orphan to the law.”

The decision blocks those three states from allowing limited hunting of the wolves.

Fiona O (561)
Friday August 4, 2017, 9:25 pm
In 2011, the Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final rule that removed Endangered Species Act protections for the Great Lakes wolves, noting that the population had “exceeded” recovery goals. At the time, the wolf population was around 4,400. Two years later, the Humane Society of the United States sued the Fish and Wildlife Service and its parent agency, the Interior Department, over the decision. A federal trial court sided with the nonprofit the following year, which meant the wolves went back on the protected list.

Ralph Henry, director of litigation at the Humane Society, said that the government had succumbed to political pressures, rushed a rule and took too narrow a focus.

“We want species to come off the list,” Henry told HuffPost. “But we want them to come off the list because they are recovered.”

Fiona O (561)
Friday August 4, 2017, 9:26 pm
The D.C. Circuit’s decision sets a valuable precedent, he said, and will likely have implications for other imperiled species. “I think this ruling is going to stand in the way of the Fish and Wildlife Service dealing with species recovery in a piecemeal fashion,” he said.

A Fish and Wildlife Service spokesperson said in an emailed statement Wednesday that although the agency respects the court’s decision, it is “extremely disappointed” by the court’s evaluation of the agency’s delisting rule and supporting analysis.

Fiona O (561)
Friday August 4, 2017, 9:26 pm
“The best available science shows that the western Great Lakes population of gray wolves is recovered,” the spokesperson said.

In June, the Interior Department announced that after four decades on the Endangered Species Act list, the population of grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park has recovered to the point that they no longer require protection. The federal listing was lifted on Monday, with the states of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho taking over management of the approximately 700 bears in the Yellowstone area. A group of conservation nonprofits and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe plan to sue the Trump administration, arguing this latest decision ignores the best available science and violates the Endangered Species Act.

By ending protections for Yellowstone grizzlies, the Fish and Wildlife Service has “created a legal orphan status for grizzly bears outside the delisted area,” the Center for Biological Diversity said in a release Tuesday.

Fiona O (561)
Friday August 4, 2017, 9:32 pm
Wolves and grizzlies are symbols of America’s wild places,” Noah Greenwald, the center’s endangered species program director, said in the statement. “We’re lucky the Endangered Species Act requires us to restore these magnificent animals and not declare victory when just one small population is stabilized.”

Among the numerous endangered species-related bills currently being considered by Congress are a pair of proposals that would strip protections for wolves in the Great Lakes region by requiring the Interior Department to reissue the 2011 rule.

“Congress should respect the ruling relating to the management of wolves in the Great Lakes and allow the Fish and Wildlife Service to re-examine the broader conservation questions raised by the courts,” Jonathan Lovvorn, senior vice president and chief counsel for animal protection litigation at the Humane Society of the United States, said Tuesday in a statement.

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Veronica B (34)
Friday August 4, 2017, 11:34 pm
Noted.Thanks Fiona.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday August 5, 2017, 3:26 am

Peggy B (43)
Saturday August 5, 2017, 6:12 am

JL A (281)
Saturday August 5, 2017, 7:50 am
Thanks for sharing the good and promising new Fiona

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 5, 2017, 10:10 am
Of course. A mystery as to how so few see this. thx Fiona

MmAway M (511)
Saturday August 5, 2017, 1:13 pm
Thank you Fiona ~ I Pray this is SO!!!

Fiona O (561)
Saturday August 5, 2017, 3:41 pm
I thank everyone who noted this article.

I thank the people who made comments......the comments showed a lot of thought and compassion.

Mm, I share your concern....I pray this is So.

If there is a problem for the grizzlies of Yellowstone or Wild Burros.....or other threatened species in similar circumstances, we need to keep this appeals court decision in mind, when writing petitions. The decision is a victory for wildlife but it may be up to us to use this decision, when it is needed.


Mike H (252)
Saturday August 5, 2017, 10:50 pm
I hope this is good news

Raleighaway k (356)
Saturday August 5, 2017, 11:00 pm
noted shared, ty, Fiona

Fran F (116)
Saturday August 5, 2017, 11:18 pm
Noted and bookmarked. Thanks, Fiona.

aj E (164)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 12:19 am

Danny v (33)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 12:48 am
Noted. Thanks for sharing.

S J (130)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 2:38 am
Noted with hope we can save them all, meows Fiona

Danuta W (1251)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 3:06 am

Sylvie A (194)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 3:48 am
Noted. Thank you

Roberto MARINI (88)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 8:03 am

fly bird (26)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 9:23 am
noted, Fiona, thank you.******

Panchali Yapa (26)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 12:19 pm
Thank you

Spy K (224)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 12:57 pm
noted------thanks for sharing

Doris F (18)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 1:03 pm
noted, thank you Fiona

Beth M (138)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 1:44 pm
We can hope and keep after those who would harm these animals- like the Trump and company clan.

TOM T (248)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 3:09 pm
Sure Hope So !!
Totally want it to be TRUE !!

TOM T (248)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 3:10 pm
S & N Thanks for sharing .....

David C (110)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 3:40 pm

Donna T (0)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 3:51 pm
thank you

Ruth C (87)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 4:17 pm

Betty K (304)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 4:26 pm
Protect all threatened wildlife!

Christine Stewart (134)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 4:37 pm

SANDRA R (145)
Monday August 7, 2017, 12:30 am
Noted. Thank you Fiona.

rita uljee (1)
Monday August 7, 2017, 3:52 am
noted hope it`s good and stay that way.

Winn A (179)
Monday August 7, 2017, 6:49 am

Amanda M (7)
Monday August 7, 2017, 2:50 pm
thanks for sharing

Amanda M (7)
Monday August 7, 2017, 2:50 pm
thanks for sharing

Melania P (123)
Monday August 7, 2017, 3:03 pm
I hope they indeed do it.....

Tina F (113)
Friday August 11, 2017, 8:42 am
Noted! Thanks Fiona for sharing!

Lucy S (47)
Friday August 11, 2017, 4:37 pm
Noted! Thanks for the post!!

Dianne D (490)
Friday August 11, 2017, 5:51 pm
We are obligated to protect our wildlife. Be very careful who your vote for in political elections. The administration we have now would wipe out all animals if given a chance.

Ainga Dobbelaere (14)
Saturday August 12, 2017, 1:40 am
Noted.Thank you Fiona

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday August 12, 2017, 1:57 am
I hope that this is so

Christina Klein (0)
Saturday August 12, 2017, 7:18 am

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday August 14, 2017, 1:40 am
Thanks again

Helga S (99)
Tuesday August 15, 2017, 9:05 am
Noted.. Thanks!

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 5:54 am
Noted, Thank you

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 11:15 am
Noted, Thanks

Jeanne R (1203)
Wednesday August 23, 2017, 7:39 am
Noted. TY, Fiona!

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Saturday September 2, 2017, 1:12 pm
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