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GRAY WOLVES TO LOSE PROTECTION IN 2 STATES; ALLOW HUNTING


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GRAY WOLVES TO LOSE PROTECTION IN 2 STATES; ALLOW HUNTING
Author: Auntie P.
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MARCH 17...The law firm that represented 13 environmental groups in a successful push to return wolves to the endangered species list has withdrawn from the case because of a rift among the plaintiffs.

Mike Garrity, executive director for the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, said some plaintiffs wanted to settle the case and others did not.

"There will be different lawyers that are going to step in in short order," Earthjustice attorney, Douglas Honnold, said.

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Along with his request to withdraw Earthjustice from the lawsuit, Honnold asked Molloy for a continuance of the previously scheduled March 24 hearing, saying the plaintiff’s new attorneys needed time to prepare.

Molloy denied that request on Thursday, saying that the new counsel hadn’t represented the need.

But he added that "if good cause to continue the hearing exists," the plaintiff’s counsel can renew the motion by 4 p.m. today.

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MARCH 18... Wildlife advocates and U.S. Department of Interior officials say they have reached a deal to lift gray wolf protections and allow hunting of the species in Montana and Idaho.

Friday's settlement agreement in a Montana lawsuit would keep wolves on the endangered list for now in Wyoming, Oregon, Washington and Utah.

Court rulings have blocked prior efforts to lift the species endangered status. But with Congress threatening to intervene, environmentalists said they wanted to avoid precedent-setting legislation on wolves that could undermine the Endangered Species Act.

Not all of the groups involved in the litigation over wolves agreed to the settlement... That will complicate efforts to garner approval from U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula.

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Facing mounting pressure from Congress, wildlife advocates and the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday reached an agreement to lift gray wolf protections in Montana and Idaho and allow hunting of the predators to resume.

The deal resulted from "a combination of the political pressure and trying to end the cycle of battling with the Fish and Wildlife Service," said Kieran Suckling of the Center for Biological Diversity.

Molloy's support is crucial because he must agree to put a stay on an order he issued last summer that reinstated wolf protections in Idaho and Montana.

Attorneys for Earthjustice previously represented most of the plaintiffs in the case. They withdrew this week citing "ethical obligations," but three of the four groups opposed to Friday's agreement already have brought on new attorneys.

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Interior Announces Proposed Settlement of Gray Wolf Lawsuit

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Terms of Proposed Agreement regarding Endanagered Species Act (ESA) Protections for Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/upload/03-16-11-wolf-terms.pdf

The Alliance, Western Watersheds Project and Friends of the Clearwater refused to settle.

Wolf-Advocates that settled are:  Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Wildlands Network, Hells Canyon Preservation Council and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition

more on this story as it unfolds.  The settlement is nothing less than a sacrifice of wolves.  Wonder what's really going on.  There are nothing really in this proposal to protect the wolves' recovery.  It doesn't include anything in regards to biological.   The hunting terms are open.  No restrictions as to size or method.  How could any wolf advocate agree to something so unreasonable.  There's actually words that say we agree not to even challenge anything until 2016! ?WHAT  This deal is only with the Dept. of the Interior.  Judge Molloy has final say



 

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I'm floored by all of this and don't really understand all that has happened. Confused  

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Basically, these 10 groups were part of the 13 groups to successfully return the NRM gray wolf to the endangered species list in August, 2010 and stopped planned wolf hunts.  Last fall, as expected, an appeal was filed against the ruling by agencies in Montana, Idaho and Feds.  Somewhere during negotiations, the 10 groups mentioned, have changed their mindsFrustrated and have proposed a settlement in favor of delisting wolves but only in Montana in Idaho.  It has been suggested that the decision came from fears that if wolves are delisted by Congress, they will be delisted in the entire NRM region and that legislation introduced in Congress to delist wolves in the NRM would set a precedent for political action on other listed species.

(Note:  Judge Molloy is retiring in the fall.)

Earthjustice's expression of regret and pledge of committment to the cause.

News is out already that the proposal will not stop the pursuit to remove NRM wolves from the ESA legislatively  from WY's Enzi/Barasso and Utah's displeasure .

Nakoowolf, did that help?  

Because I have to tell all involved, all sides are beginning to look like quacks to me and makes me regret gray wolves were ever walked back into Yellowstone.Broken HeartSad



 

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Yes, thank you for explaining that to me.  Thumbs Up  The letter also helped.

Now, I'd like to say poop to the majority that wanted to settle.  Thumbs DownMad Believe me, it's not that I think that any of this should be a court matter.  If you just look at a map of places that Wolves have been restored compared to their historical range common sense should tell all that they need further protection for many years to come.Protest

 



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The good news is the other groups are committed to representing the wolf in court which, unfortunately, is the only way to protect them.  Especially in the NRM where court began before reintroduction.  Idaho was going to call the National Guard to stop it.  More support, education and organized wolf advocacy is needed in this area.  If lawsuit after lawsuit is easily challenged and overturned it seems to me that science has failed.  I think that is because there is not enough research yet.  The money used for them would better serve for creating educational services. 

IMO, wolves need protection until the reasons they needed recovery in the first place are resolved.  The only way to get there is education.

Here are the maps.  It is a great point, Nakoowolf.  It sure is clear and simple like you said: 

 



 

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