CBD Press Release: Victory For Wolves In Wyoming!

Gray wolf_National Park Service Photo

September 24, 2014

I could post this news everyday for the next month and it wouldn’t get old. Here’s the Center For Biological Diversity’s press release on the relisting of wolves in Wyoming. Good bye Wyoming predator zone, you can no longer treat wolves like vermin! The Wyoming wolf  trophy hunt, due to start in October, has been cancelled. Music to my ears! Thank you again Earth Justice and all who were involved in this fight!

 A great victory for Wyoming wolves!  Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court  “invalidated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2012 statewide Endangered Species Act delisting of the species.” What welcome news, it’s been a long time coming!


For Immediate Release: September 23, 2014

Victory for Wolves in Wyoming

Federal Judge Reinstates Federal Protections Statewide

WASHINGTON— Federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming were reinstated today after a judge invalidated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2012 statewide Endangered Species Act delisting of the species. The ruling from the U.S. District Court halts the management of wolves by Wyoming, a state with a history of hostile and extreme anti-wolf policies.

“The court has ruled and Wyoming’s kill-on-sight approach to wolf management throughout much of the state must stop,” said Earthjustice attorney Tim Preso. “Today’s ruling restores much-needed federal protection to wolves throughout Wyoming, which allowed killing along the borders of Yellowstone National Park and throughout national forest lands south of Jackson Hole where wolves were treated as vermin under state management. If Wyoming wants to resume management of wolves, it must develop a legitimate conservation plan that ensures a vibrant wolf population in the northern Rockies.”

Earthjustice represented Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity in challenging the Fish and Wildlife Service’s September 2012 decision to strip Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves in Wyoming. The conservation groups challenged the 2012 decision on grounds that Wyoming law authorized unlimited wolf killing in a “predator” zone that extended throughout most of the state, and provided inadequate protection for wolves even where killing was regulated.

“Today the court affirmed that delisting gray wolves in Wyoming by the Obama administration was premature and a violation of federal law,” said Defenders of Wildlife president and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark. “Any state that has a wolf-management plan that allows for unlimited wolf killing throughout most of the state should not be allowed to manage wolves. Wolves need to remain protected under the Endangered Species Act until the species is fully recovered. State laws and policies that treat wolves like vermin are as outdated and discredited today as they were a century ago.”

“The decision makes clear that ‘shoot-on-sight’ is not an acceptable management plan for wolves across the majority of the state,” said Dr. Sylvia Fallon, senior scientist and wildlife conservation director at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “It’s time for Wyoming to step back and develop a more science-based approach to managing wolves.”

“The court has rightly recognized the deep flaws in Wyoming’s wolf management plan. History has shown that sound, science-based management practices are at the heart of successful efforts to bring animals back from the brink of extinction. Sound management will ensure that we can continue to reap the benefits wolves bring to the region,” said Bonnie Rice of the Sierra Club’s Greater Yellowstone Our Wild America Campaign. 

“We’re thrilled that protections for Wyoming’s fragile population of wolves have been restored,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “With Wyoming allowing wolves to be shot on sight across more than 80 percent of the state, there is no way protections for wolves should have ever been removed.”

The 2012 delisting of wolves in Wyoming turned wolf management over to the state, which opened up over 80 percent of its land to unlimited wolf killing and provided weak protections for wolves in the remainder. Since the delisting 219 wolves have been killed under Wyoming’s management. Prior to the 2012 reversal of its position, the Fish and Wildlife Service denied Wyoming the authority to manage wolves in the state due to its extremely hostile anti-wolf laws and policies.

There were once up to 2 million gray wolves living in North America, but the animals were driven to near-extinction in the lower 48 states by the early 1900s. After passage of the federal Endangered Species Act in 1973 and protection of the wolf as endangered, federal recovery programs resulted in the rebound of wolf populations in limited parts of the country. Roughly 5,500 wolves currently live in the continental United States — a fraction of the species’ historic numbers.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is currently proposing to remove Endangered Species Act protection for most gray wolves across the United States, a proposal that the groups strongly oppose; a final decision could be made later this year.

LEGAL DOCUMENTS: http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/14-09-23%20Doc%20%2068%20OPINION.pdf




Photo: Courtesy NPS

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Wyoming Wolves,

Tags: Victory for Wyoming Wolves, Center For Biological Diversity, predator zone, wolves are not vermin

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  1. Thank You…


  2. This is GREAT news!!!! It is unfortunate and inhumane that so many were killed before this was realized and reversed. Finally a glimmer of common sense. I would gladly shake the hand of this judge.


    • All of you DO realize, I hope, that poaching will still go on.
      Each life taken by humans is an irretrievable loss. Not many of us have been privileged to know a wolf, or several wolves. Each is a brilliant light of life, from their first day out of the den, to the day the feet no longer carry one.
      Each wolf in a family unit has relationships, and each mate bonds with an emotional depth humans can only guess at, as our kind so often betray our declared bond, while a wolf does not.

      They have a birthright here on this continent, and only since EUroamerican immigrants came with guns and fear, have they been denied this right to live in balance, indeed to create the balance of life here, on this continent, THEIR home.
      Only for 150 years or so (And I knew a man born before that time of white men’s murder, so this entire “tradition” that the “old” west and similar hype of gunfire, has lasted less than two lifetimes. Consider this well – that those people who want to “sport” hunt did not exist in the Rockies, but for two lifetimes)

      There is much more to do to end this slaughter, and one judgment should increase your determination to eradicate trophy and sport hunting just as those whose only connection with the real world is to gun it down to death, did in this same land.


  3. I only wish that those who murdered the wolves before this ruling should be prosecuted.


  4. Again a federal judge not influenced or corrupted by locals has stopped the killers. Local and state judges corrupted by the electorate guess the porn sites will be crashing big time now that the kill fest is cancelled! Now Montana and rotten Idaho. I know the hunters will try to get Yellowstone wolves to cross their bounderies.


  5. This is truly music to my ears. Thank you to this judge who was not in the pockets of misguided individuals. To allow unlimited killing of a species that was here way before we were and managed to keep the proper balance without human assistance, deserves total protection and admiration.
    Thank you again to all the organizations who assisted in this outcome.


  6. and if you did I would not get tired of seeing it. This is such great news, I just wish and pray they will do the same in the rest of the states that are slaughtering them as well. The sooner the better.



  7. Now we need to get that damn delisting rider over-turned so that wolves in MT and ID will once again be protected!


    • Yes joanne, that is is the number one priority. It has to be overturned by Congress though and therein lies the problem. Also we have the looming USFWS National Delisting looming over wolves. But today I want to celebrate this victory and not worry about what will come tomorrow, the wolves deserve this break, we needed this victory!

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,


  8. thankyou is not enough – I am still crying! once again shows importance of federal judges Now, if only other states would behave like California (which although not perfect is heaven compared to the other states – thanks, to democrats!


  9. OMG!!!!! Yay!!! Finally something good happened to me today!!! Wolves in Wyoming are in peace… That’s All I would ask. Thank you so much!!! I’m so happy now! The wolves in Wyoming are safe and sound. That’s all a wolf lover could ask for thank you.. 😉 😀


    Thank you so much.


    • I’m very happy too Carly, this is a big deal and a reason to celebrate Wyoming wolves regaining their ESA protections.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,


  10. Thank you. Just seriously still freaking out that they are actually safe. They are!! I am so happy. 😀



  11. It’s amazing what can happen when a Democratic majority is at stake. Some of these Democrats, such as the Udalls, are a disgrace to their namesake.


  12. Brilliant news, now for the rest of them.


  13. Go ahead, post this news story every day for the rest of the month if you wish, like you said it will never get old and we should celebrate this victory for wolves in Wyoming!

    So what can I do to get the gray wolves in Idaho and Montana relisted? What can I do to make the states develop management plans that actually treat the wolf as a valuable, native wildlife species and not as vermin?


    • WildlifeWarrioress… Getting Montana and Idaho wolves relisted involves climbing a very high mountain, Congress is the only one who can do it since they bypassed the courts. We need to go to the polls in November and vote out the Senators who voted for delisting. Myself and fellow wolf advocates carried out an intense campaign in the Fall and Spring of 2010/2011, practically short circuiting the White House phone lines, trying to get support for wolves from US Representatives and Senators. Many said they supported wolves and the ESA but in the end almost every Senate Democrat, except three, voted to delist wolves.

      There are many things one person can do but starting a campaign to pressure Congress to rethink the wolf rider would be on the top of my list.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,


  14. I hate to be the bearer of bad news during this time of celebration, but did you hear that Wyoming filed an emergency rule to allow wolf hunting? Read about it here: http://www.oilcitywyo.com/2014/09/25/governor-signs-emergency-rule-wolf-management/


  15. Reblogged this on Exposing the Big Game.


  16. I heard the news about Leonardo making a film about O-Six – it’s good news and ought to reach a lot of people. It makes me sad though because she can never be replaced, and to have her completely wasted by some idiot. I hate when people hide behind ‘it’s legal’ because it really isn’t, and it is unethical. These idiots ought to respect the collared wolves in the park if they had any kind of integrity (which we know they do not). I wonder who killed her and where her remains are (you know F&W knows). It’s disrespectful. Losing this wonderful animal to a dime-a-dozen POS is really saddening.

    This is why I hope the WY decision stands.


    • Yes I’m excited about it too ida but I also think of all the unsung wolves who’ve died in the same way as 06, who aren’t well known, who’ve never been viewed in a spotting scope but who’s lives are just as important as 06. I hope the film tackles the wolf persecution issue because it’s a great thing to be making a movie about 06 but a greater thing to expose the cruelty and barbarity aimed at wolves.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,


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