Wolves in Northern Rockies and Great Lakes officially delisted May 4, 2009-
Will delisting be better the second time around?
Today for the second time in the Northern Rockies, wolves were delisted with all management decisions handed over to the states of Idaho and Montana, but not Wyoming where delisting will not take place under Wyoming makes changes in its proposed wolf management.
Wolves were also delisted in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Lawsuits, in the form of 60-day notices (of intent to sue) were filed 30 days ago. As a result an injunction on the delisting could be in order 30 days from now. This happened before, somewhat over a year ago, when Montana’s federal district judge quickly enjoined the delisting. This prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to withdraw their entire delisting rule, but to issue a new one about 2 months after Obama took office. The primary difference between the Bush (Kempthorne) delisting and the Obama (Salazar) delisting is that Wyoming was taken out of delisting for failure to produce an acceptable state wolf conservation plan. Critics of the new delisting say the special status for Wyoming is a fatal defect in the delisting and they will argue so in court.
A number of additional groups, including the State of Wyoming, will file against the delisting rule this time around.
In the next 30 days, some wolf supporters fear a state operated wolf bloodbath, especially in Idaho. Others believe Idaho and Montana will want to show they won’t try to wipe the wolves out, and so they will not manage* — kill — very many in the immediate future.
Story in the Associated Press by Matthew Brown.Wolves off list, but legal battles loom.
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* When used in the context of wolves by state game agencies, the word “manage” always means to kill.