Oral Arguments On Wolf Delisting Lawsuit Set For June 15

This is great news!!  Oral arguments are set to be heard by Judge Molloy on Tuesday, June 15 @ 9am, Federal Courthouse in Missoula, Montana. (Russell Smith Courthouse)

Finally some movement on this important litigation. Anti-wolf rhetoric has rachteted up 100% as we’ve sat through the worst year for wolves in the Northern Rockies since their reintroduction. Over 500 wolves have died due to the hunts and Wildlife Services killing them for agribusiness.

Judge Molloy denied the injuction to stop the wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana but stated the plaintiffs were likely to prevail on the overall lawsuit to return the wolves ESA protection.


Judge sets date to hear wolf-lawsuit arguments

By EVE BYRON Independent Record | Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010 1:49 pm



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    • Hi Agnes,
      I really believe Judge Molloy will relist the wolves, I only hope it isn’t overturned on appeal. As for Wildlife Services, that would be the greatest news if they were disbanded.



  2. This is indeed great news! And about time. Nabeki didn’t you say in a previous post that Judge Molloy is fair judge so that this should in fact be a true hearing and not just a rubber stamped win for the anti-wolfers?


    • Hi SoCalWolfGal,
      Yes I do think Judge Molloy is fair minded. I have to disagree on not granting the injuction while the case was being decided. We lost over 500 wolves and Wildlife Services is still killing them. I believe Judge Molloy will relist them but can only hope it won’t be a narrow decision based soley on Wyoming. I want to see the issue of the three sub-populations addressed. Specifically their connectivity. Yellowstone wolves are on a virtual island, similar to the Isle Royale wolves. They are in danger of inbreeding because they dare not leave the park and Wildlife Services has killed off packs that roamed the wildlife corridor between Idaho and Montana, who could have provided Yellowstone wolves with increased genetic diversity.



  3. Its about time, really. It has been too long of a winter for this type of irrational, hatred-based “hunt”. What a joke.

    Time for some real justice I hope. Judge Molloy doesn’t seem to be an irrational, naive judge. The decision can only be a positive one for the wolves. The species has taken all it can.


  4. It has come to the point where people threaten to perform illegal actions to get their own way. Delist and ultimately destroy the wolf population because ‘we didn’t want them here’. The SSS has been going on since the reintroduction, starting with an alpha male once called ‘Arnold’. The threat of poaching was so great that the reintroduction teams had to use a decoy vehicle just to minimise the threat of being followed by these louts.

    The hunts have not performed any of the ‘services’ to the wolf population, they have not stopped the animosity toward wolves – heck they just want more to die, then more, then more! (Hey just call it fair chase and act real noble like say that you respect the cunning beast and it makes people happy). It hasn’t stopped the complaining from farmers either, no they want every single wolf dead from their lands because they can’t be bothered to carry out proper animal husbandry.

    The truth is its a joint threat of hunting, WS and poaching. None is lesser than the other, hunting is now an added threat to wolves, not a protective measure. ‘Wolves are here to stay’… a pleasant tagline from the ones chomping at the bit to have a wolf skin or skull to show off. Do they want a medal or a chest to pin it on?


    • Hi John,
      They will never be satisfied until every wolf is dead, just like the last time. The same attitudes wolves faced in the last extinction are pervasive now. We could turn the clock back a hundred years in the Northern Rockies and hear the same tired rhetoric that’s being spewed. Wolves will never be free of persecution from these people. Their only hope of survival is to remain listed. Wildlife Services kills enough of them every year even while they are supposedly protected by ESA, we don’t need wolf hunts.

      I can’t stand the term “wolves are here to stay”. It’s a convenient way of dismissing the whole issue.



  5. The anti-wolf forces scream so loudly and demand that wolves be shot because at some level, they know they are losing and are afraid. A new phase of our relations with animals is emerging–painfully. Our cultural ideas about big mammals such as wolves, whales, and bears have been changing over the past 40 years. They are increasingly seen as sentient, intelligent, capable of emotional bonds with each other and sometimes with humans, and having some kind of spiritual significance–representatives of a larger cosmos. Just take Limpy as an example–it’s very doubtful that in an earlier era he would be both named and have multiple obituaries written about him. Both the naming and the obit are signs that some big mammals are being recognized as members of a human-animal community.

    Think about the stakes. If wolves can’t be killed because they are seen as community members, then people have to change the way they ranch and farm, and probably give up jogging alone in wolf territory. Similarly, if whales and dolphins can no longer be imprisoned in theme parks because we recognize it’s a form of torture, then how can we justify zoos with tigers and lions and elephants? We can’t–the change in our ideas about wild animals and what’s ethical can’t be easily contained.

    I do not mean to discount the tragedy of so many wolves being slaughtered. But the culture is changing towards greater recognition of who they are as creatures, and in time, cultural change makes political change possible.


    • Very well said James. I do believe the world and attitudes are changing but very slowly. The same mindset that was responsible for the first wolf extermination is alive and well in the Northern Rockies today. People don’t give up power easily. It’s going to be a long struggle. I can only hope the wolf, grizzly and other apex predators will be around in fifty years.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,’


  6. I deeply and sencerely hope that the judge ruled for a ban or stop of wolf killings and or for the cause of their value they can be more enjoyed in their habitat, and demand to inforce those to begin to help that breed if any more exist. I love animals passionately they were here first we can enjoy them in a zoo we should enjoy them as long as they have a maintained and controled away from domestics i doubt if ive even heard of wolves killing people that much maybe on a show. Then again i wouldnt have the pleasure to know a real wolf and its actions not when i live smack dab in the city .


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