“Sticking Up for Wolves in the Northern Rockies”…WildEarth Guardians Speaks Out!

WildEarth Guardians released their response to the deal that was cut between ten environmental groups and the Interior Department.

To read the deal CLICK HERE.

They applaud, as I do, the three environmental groups involved in the lawsuit who oppose this deal and are standing firm. They are: Western Watersheds Project, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the Clearwater:\

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Press Release From WildEarth Guardians:

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sticking Up for Wolves in the Northern Rockies

Guardians Defends Judge Molloy’s Wolf Ruling

Washington, DC – March 18. WildEarth Guardians supports Federal Judge Donald Molloy’s August 2010 decision that put wolves in the Northern Rockies back on the endangered species list and also set important legal precedent. But today, the Interior Department and 10 environmental groups announced a settlement that agrees to wolf delisting and specifically seeks to vacate the Judge Molloy’s decision. Guardians applauds Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Western Watersheds Project, and Friends of the Clearwater for continuing to support Molloy’s ruling and not going along with the delisting plan.

“The biological situation for wolves in the Northern Rockies is just as perilous now as when these groups challenged the delisting in June 2009,” stated John Horning of WildEarth Guardians. “Amazingly, the settlement asks for the judge to approve delisting on terms that violate his ruling.”

The very first term of the agreement would be to delist wolves in Idaho and Montana, which is precisely what the groups challenged in 2009. It also provides for subsequent delisting in Wyoming. The settlement relies on the initiative of the Interior Department to secure a future for Northern Rockies wolves outside of the Endangered Species Act. Guardians believes that wolf numbers will drastically plummet after delisting and doubts that, once delisted, wolves in the region would obtain relisting.

The settlement is no doubt motivated by fears regarding wolf delisting bills that have been introduced in the House and Senate, which would greatly undercut wolf protection and would be precedent-setting by legislatively delisting a species. Despite these grave threats, the Endangered Species Act requires delisting decisions to be based on biological, not political concerns. That is the standard to which Guardians holds the government and itself. Guardians will not gamble the lives of Northern Rockies wolves on the chance of preventing Congressional delisting. To our knowledge, no federal legislator who has offered a delisting bill has agreed to withdraw it even if this settlement is approved.

Guardians is also concerned that the wolves are being sacrificed due to antagonism from just a tiny portion of the American public – those ranchers and hunters hostile to wolves, and the politicians that are working at their behest. In contrast, wolves are wildly popular with the American public and one of the principal draws to Yellowstone National Park.

“It doesn’t matter from the wolf’s perspective whether they’re killed because of actions by Congress or this settlement. These animals need more protections, not less,” stated Nicole Rosmarino of WildEarth Guardians. “Biologists have issued peer-reviewed articles documenting that wolves have not yet recovered in the Northern Rockies, and that killing them has profound negative influences on their social stability, ability to carry out their ecological function, and their ability to persist.”

Guardians considered filing litigation to challenge the delisting rule in 2009, but chose not to given the large number of conservation groups already taking the issue up. The group now regrets that decision and appreciates that Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Western Watersheds Project, and Friends of the Clearwater are holding the line for wolves in Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies.

“The American public loves and values wolves and wants them conserved because they are a national treasure. We at WildEarth Guardians strive for wolves’ full protection under federal law. If their management is given over to the States, we will see them exterminated a second time in history. This would be unethical and a biological disaster,” said Horning.

The Humane Society of the United States is one of the plaintiffs on the original delisting case but has not yet taken a public stand on the settlement.

CLICK HERE for link to this press release


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I will be writing more about this as it unfolds.

Howling For Justice unequivocally opposes this deal. You cannot throw Montana and Idaho wolves under the bus and deliver them to brutal state-management/killing systems. It is wrong, no matter what altruistic motives may be assigned to it. In short order we will have full-scale wolf hunts in Montana and Idaho, if this deal is approved. THAT MEANS hundreds and hundreds of innocent wolves will die! Not only will Montana and Idaho wolves have to dodge hunter’s bullets but also the deadly aerial gunning, trapping/killing of hundreds of wolves by Wildlife Services.

Before wolves were relisted, Montana increased their wolf killing quota to 186 wolves, with a wolf archery and back-country rifle season to boot. Idaho will implement baiting, calling and trapping of wolves.  All hell will rain down on Montana and Idaho wolves. This deal is a disaster and I call on you Wolf Warriors to write to the groups that struck this deal and tell them how you feel.

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

Nabeki

Posted in Wolf Wars, Montana Wolves, Idaho Wolves

Tags: WildEarth Guardians, 10 environmental groups, wolves lose in Montana and Idaho,bad deal struck, capitulation,  3 groups stood their ground, Western Watersheds Project, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater

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  1. No we can not and I do MEAN WE CAN NOT give up and scrifice the wolves.It has never been easy,and it never will.It’s for the wolves and all the wild life we cherish.

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    • Basically they have thrown Montana and Idaho wolves under the bus in some misguided attempt to save the ESA. They have no guarantee that the other bills in Congress won’t be pushed forward. I feel sick.

      N.

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  2. DEAR NABEKI! Please,can to give all groups’s email addresses for to write? Thank you so much!GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL WOLVES! HOWLS!

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    • I will get them to you Agnes. Give me a day or two. Keep the faith, it’s not over yet. Judge Molloy may not sign off on this.

      N.

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  3. And I am my Brother’s keeper
    And I will fight His fight
    And speak the word for Beast and Bird
    ‘Till the world shall set things right

    – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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  4. What’s the matter, have those 10 groups lost their spines? If they are willing to play ball with the states, who’s F&G, governors and special interest groups have no intention on changing their ways, then those organisations have lost their integrity.

    Idaho and Montana lost their hold because they could not keep their mitts off of the grey wolf for two seconds and now the ESA itself. They demonstrated how low they were willing to sink to get their own way. I’m personally beginning to believe this has very little to do with the animal itself. Hatred plays a definite part in it, as well as the deficiency of accurate information, but on the higher levels when it reaches politicians such as Otter and Schweitzer, this really seems like an attempt to keep the status quo. If the grey wolf had not been reintroduced some other poor animal would play the scapegoat for the shortcomings and rightful blame of the hunting and farming groups. The preference appears to be something with big teeth that can be easily maligned… the grizzly and coyote come to mind.

    Montana FWP confirmed that there was no real reason for having a hunt, they simply did it because they could. Yet the department still sets up a big PR act that insists the grey wolf is the source of some disaster because the grey wolf is doing a better job than their affiliated group could ever dream to accomplish. The only damage Montana FWP cared about, or that was that was actually occurring, was the holes wolves chewed in their pockets, courtesy of idiot hunters upset because they had to do more leg work and had a larger chance to come up with nothing. With this information in mind environmental stability, forest walks and food in the freezer appear second (or not at all) to killing when hunting.

    To finish on a brighter note, respect to Western Watersheds, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater and the individuals who band together for what is right. Keep fighting the good fight.

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    • Thank you John, you covered it. It really isn’t just about wolves. It’s about a culture clash, it’s about gun rights, it’s about anti-government feelings (except when the ranchers get their welfare checks). The wolf has become the poster child for their little loud mouth movement. This would have gone nowhere if we had different governors or different politicians running those two states. But they think their bread and butter lies with ranching and hunting and so they ignore the wildlife watchers. The wolf is back as the all time scapegoat, when they have done nothing to deserve this. It’s a sick thing that is happening to them. I can tell you for sure that before Obama delisted wolves and before wolves were on the front burner, these people were complaining about environmentalists and outsiders and blah, blah. It’s the same rhetoric they just changed the focus of their hatred. Since wolves can’t talk and speak up for themselves they make the perfect scapegoat.

      N.

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  5. The bottom line is that the wolves were literally SACRIFICED in MT and ID to ‘protect’ the ESA and other endangered wildlife and to placate the anti wolf extremists who live in that region. 100’s will be brutally slaughtered now. We should never have reintroduced them in the first place in 1995. The Canadian wolves were minded their own business, living their lives and we uprooted 66 of them for what??? So that they could all be killed now?? All this new life that would have be birthed in an area that was safe for them, instead of in an area where they are totally persecuted and blamed for nearly everything. Cattlemen, trophy hunters, outfitters, dirty (paid off) politicians..the World is watching. I am embarassed to be American.

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    • Canada is far from wolf friendly.

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      • They certainly aren’t John, that’s for sure.

        N.

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  6. I also am grateful to Western Watersheds, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater and the individuals who band together for what is right. Keep fighting the good fight. We can never give up on the wolves..

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  7. [http://earthjustice.org/statement-on-our-wolf-work ] If I did that right,Earthjustice is still in there fighting for the Wolves but as of right now,the fight is on Capital Hill.

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