Environmental Groups Will Sue Over Constitutionality Of Wolf Delisting Rider..

Wolves are going back to court and what terrific news this is.

Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians plan to file a lawsuit in US District Court, challenging the wolf delisting rider on Constitutional grounds.

Mike Garrity, Executive director of AWR, states: “We believe the wolf delisting rider violates the separation of powers in the U.S. Constitution.”

The three groups are being represented by Jay Tutchton, environmental law attorney.

Wolf advocates have felt powerless to help wolves  since the wolf delisting rider was slipped into a must pass appropriations bill by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID). The budget bill was passed by the Senate with the wolf rider intact and signed into law by President Obama on April 16th, 2011. The USFWS had 60 days from that date to publish the final rule and it was announced yesterday, in the Lewistown Chronicle, that they intend to so this week.

From the Idaho Statesman:

“Wolves will be delisted in the Northern Rockies except Wyoming on Thursday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said.

Please give generously to these environmental groups that are standing firm with wolves and are willing to go to court to defend them once again.

Here are the links to their websites:

Alliance for the Wild Rockies

Friends of the Clearwater

WildEarth Guardians


It was reported on the Wildlife News that Western Watersheds Project also expects “to file litigation challenging the wolf delisting rider.”

This is great news for wolves and wolf advocates.

For the wolves, For the wild ones,


Published in: on May 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm  Comments (33)  

It’s Pupping Season, Idaho Is Preparing To Aerial Gun Lolo Wolves….

From the Lewiston Journal Online:

Aerial gunning of wolves in the Lolo Zone could begin “with all due haste,” if the animals are delisted by the end of this week, said Idaho Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore at Lewiston this morning.”

Yes, the state of Idaho is going to carry out their plan to kill 5o wolves in the Lolo,  a misguided attempt to increase elk numbers.  This is just another excuse to kill wolves, using the 10j, right in the middle of wolf pupping season. Elk numbers in the Lolo have been declining for years, before wolves were even reintroduced to Idaho, many factors contributed to this, yet once again wolves have been scapegoated.  This wolf kill is not going to help elk because the supposed “saved elk” will then be targets of  hunters when  hunting season rolls around. Killing predators to increase game herds is backward, 19th century policy.

Let’s put this puzzle together. It looks like USFWS is planning on publishing the wolf delisting rule by the end of this week, making the delisting of wolves official.

Remember Congress passed the “budget wolf delisting bill” and Obama signed it into law, effectively stripping gray wolves in the Northern Rockies of their ESA protections.

“Language attached to a budget bill by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama last month ordered the federal wildlife agency to reissue a 2009 rule that delisted wolves. The law also insulates the rule from court challenge.”

After Obama signed the bill on April 16, the USFWS had sixty days to publish the delisting rule.  It looks like they are not going to waste anytime doing it. Why? Because Idaho wants to aerial gun 50 Lolo wolves while there is still snow on the ground. Nice huh?

“We believe there is still enough snow on the ground that we can pursue those animals via aerial gunning and try to reduce those numbers,” 

The department is scrambling to find aircraft to carry out the mission before snow melts and will seek assistance from federal wildlife agents to do the shooting. Once snow has melted, trapping will be used in the Lolo Zone.

Wolf puppies are being born right now and Idaho is planning on carrying out a wolf slaughter in the Lolo during pupping season, which will be a death sentence for the helpless pups, who’ll be left to starve.

Puppies just like these.

Babies will be losing  their lives along with their parents in the Idaho Lolo zone very soon. Will people stand up in protest? Do Americans want their tax dollars used to aerial gun wolves for no other reason then to carry out a disgusting scheme to increase elk numbers for hunters,  leaving wolf pups as collateral damage?

Where is the media on this?  Where is the outrage? Are we now a country that accepts the killing of wolves during pupping season as normal behavior?  How is this not animal cruelty? Please explain to me how this does not qualify as animal abuse?

Please spread the word about this terrible tragedy. If you have any media contacts, use them. Tell the story of what’s  facing the poor helpless Idaho wolves, who only want to live in peace and have their puppies.

Breaking News

Fish and Game: Aerial shooting of Lolo wolves near

May 3, 2011, 10:17 am



Photo: Courtesy All About Wolves

Posted in: Wolf Wars,  Idaho wolves

Tags: IDFG,  Proposed Lolo wolf slaughter, pupping season, starving pups?

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