Saturday, March 19, 2011

Several Wildlife Advocacy Groups File Settlement in Wolf Delisting Case

Yesterday's announcement that a number of plaintiffs are seeking a settlement with the Department of Interior regarding wolf recovery and management in the Northern Rockies comes as a shock to many who have been following the emotional and political roller coaster.  Although ten wildlife advocacy groups announced a proposed settlement, three of the plaintiffs (the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Western Watersheds and Friends of the Clearwater) are holding firm.  If approved by the court, the agreement would remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for gray wolves in Idaho and Montana, while retaining full protection in Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, and Utah. Most surprising about the proposed settlement is that it follows a relatively recent victory for the plaintiffs - an injunction in federal court putting Northern Rocky Mountain wolves back on the Endangered Species List after demonstrating that federal efforts to delist wolves were not based on science.  How will this settlement impact wildlife, the ESA, and the organizations proposing to settle?  It feels like the political wolf "ride" will not cease to surprise...

To read more about the proposed settlement in the Helena Independent Record, please click here.


Bob Brister said...

The capitulation of some conservation groups on the wolf issue is sad. Are they afraid to challenge the Democrats and hold them accountable? I live in Utah and want wolves back in the Uinta Mountains and Bear River Range.

RW Richard said...


Does anyone find suspicious the bottom of a wikipedia entry on wolves, in which a bunch of citations lists innumerable dead (to wolf attacks) over the centuries. All of this wasn't there four or five years ago when I last checked. I clicked on a report from 1233AD and it was written in 21st century English. I'm no expert* and don't have the time to research this.

And then there's the strange case of Kent Carnegie. It seems obvious to me that there's a war of words going on in which one side has little interest in the truth.

*I studied pre-history and found evidence that men and wolves were symbiotic. Of course with the advent of farming, things changed, such as domestication of wolves, starting around 16,000 years ago.