Wolves have been placed back on the Endangered Species list in the Great Lakes region, West Coast states and southern Rocky Mountains. The wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming remain under state management, for now. That footing is tenuous at best however as witnessed by the following…
“The court ruling does not restore protection to wolves in the northern Rockies, as wolves in that region lost their protection prior to the delisting rule challenged in this case. However, in response to an emergency petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and its partners, the Fish and Wildlife Service determined in September that protecting the species in the northern Rockies may be warranted based largely on new laws in Idaho and Montana that authorize the widespread killing of wolves.”
As I stood in our booth at the Western Hunting & Conservation Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah this news was made known to me by an industry friend. I had previously written a blog about the “possibility” of this decision but hadn’t expected it to come through so quickly. I should not have been surprised. As word of this spread around the show the collective mood was one of “phew, at least Idaho, Montana and Wyoming dodged that bullet.” My question is, have we?
The last couple lines of the above block quote clearly indicate the intentions of groups such as, Earthjustice, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, the Humane Society of the United States, Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Association and Oregon Wild, just to name a few. It is only a matter of time until these radical groups bring court cases aimed at stripping Idaho, Montana and Wyoming of their rightful and balanced wolf management capabilities.
“Oh Todd, you’re being a paranoid alarmist.”
Really? Read these words from the horse’s mouth…
“Again and again, we’ve had to take the fight for wolves to the courts,” said Adkins. “I’m relieved that the court set things right but saddened that hundreds of wolves suffered and died under this illegal delisting rule. It will take years to undo the damage done to wolf populations.”