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Conservationists Try To Stop Wolf Hunting

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Animal activist groups have gone to federal court in an attempt to head off the hunting of gray wolves in Montana and Idaho.

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians filed their injunction request Friday in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, KPAX-TV in MIssoula, Mont., reported.

The groups’ tactic comes after U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy recently ruled against their argument that a congressional rider that lifted endangered species protection for the wolves was unconstitutional. The groups also filed an appeal in that case last week.

“Beginning in less than three weeks, hundreds of gray wolves that should be protected as endangered species are about to be hunted and killed. Our only option is to seek an injunction to stop the illegal killing of wolves,” said Mike Garrity, executive director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies.

Idaho’s hunt is to begin Aug. 30. In Montana, an archery season begins Sept. 3 and the rifle season commences Sept. 15.

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  • JeffH

    These ae not conservationists, they are radical activists and and environmental extremists…bleeding heart progressives.

    Conservationists are the hunters, the fishermen, the campers who promote and maintain, enhance and preserve the balance between man, wildlands and wildlife so that generations can enjoy all that nature has to offer. Without them, there would be no wolves to hunt, no bears, no mountain lions and waterfowl. Correct me if I’m wrong, but these activists are not conservationists. They’re nothing more than self centered extremists’

    conservationist (ˌkɒnsəˈveɪʃənɪst)
    a person who advocates or strongly promotes preservation and careful management of natural resources and of the environment

    The key words being promotes and management.

    • JeffH

      …FYI…”The recovery of gray wolves in the US is a tremendous success story of the Endangered Species Act,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

      “From a biological perspective, gray wolves have recovered. It is now time to return their management to states that are prepared to ensure the long-term health of the species.”

      The move ends a long political and legal battle that dates back to 2008 when the Fish and Wildlife Service took steps to remove wolves from the endangered list, though lawsuits brought by environmental groups kept the change from taking effect.

      Those who opposed the move to delist the wolves say the population is genetically isolated and disconnected, and urge more time to allow their numbers to grow.

      Ranchers say wolves are a nuisance to livestock and could even threaten humans if their population grows too large.

      “Wolves have long been a highly charged issue but let us not lose sight of the fact that these delistings are possible because the species has recovered in these areas.”


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