Don't say they didn't warn us. Several conservation groups, including heavy hitters likeDefenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, and The Humane Society of the United States, have filed suit against the federal government in an effort to reinstate endangered species protections for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies.
The environmental groups allege that state protection plans aren't adequate to protect still-vulnerable wolf populations, and they cite Wyoming's current and Idaho's impending shoot-any-wolf-for-any-reason policy as a major threat to the large predator's survival. Up to four wolves from Wyoming's 30-member Wind River group were killed in the first weekend of wolf delisting. In an official statement, the Sierra Club's Melanie Stein said:
“Wolves in the northern Rockies are just now on the cusp of biological recovery, but aren’t ready for delisting. Current state management allows for wolf populations to be cut by up to 80 percent. Since delisting, our worst fears are coming true. In Wyoming, wolves are being killed at an alarming rate, with over a dozen wolves killed so far.”
The plaintiffs hope to issue an immediate injunction to stop the hunting of wolves in the Northern Rockies while a judge assesses the case. Keep checking The Daily Dirt for updates. — Ted Alvarez