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March 13, 2008

Reduced Wolf Protections Take Effect

Many of you may not be aware that wolf management entered a new era on February 28, when a new management rule for gray wolves officially took effect. Issued on January 24, the so-called “10(j)” rule – named for a provision of the federal Endangered Species Act – significantly weakens protections for gray wolves in the northern Rockies from now until wolves are formally delisted.  It is basically a de facto delisting of the wolf.

Under the rule currently in effect, hundreds of wolves can be killed if the states can demonstrate that they are having an “unacceptable impact” on elk, deer and other wild ungulate populations.  Wolves, of course, rely on these species for food. Numbers of wild ungulates are well above population goals in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, and wolves have never been determined to be the primary cause of a population decline.

My team has already filed a lawsuit challenging the new rule, but it is unlikely the court will rule on that case prior to delisting.  Once wolves are removed from the list of endangered species, the rule will no longer apply and states will assume full responsibility for wolf management.  For the next 30 days, I will be watching very closely to see how the 10(j) rule is implemented on the ground and the impact it has on wolves.

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Wolfie

The wolves are not ready to be taken off the Endangered Species list, never mind letting them be hunted as early as this fall. I really hope the government listens to all the protests and takes the wolves importance in the environment into consideration. Wolves are a keystone species, without them, this Earth will struggle to thrive.

- Kelsey (Wolfie)
MA
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bone_painter

As a Wyoming resident, I am terrified of the wolf de-listing. I must first say, I believe ranchers should have the right to eliminate problem wolves without fearing legal action and a trophy hunting season ONLY would be a good idea for poulation control. But listing the wolf as a predator in most of the state?!?! Is the government NUTS??!! The wolves will be killed to the last. There is no dbout in my mind. I love wolves, and it would break my heart if we lost them again. All anyone out here sees is an evil beast. The Two Dot sheep killings don't help either, I'd say swift action should be taken in that case to eliminate the rouge wolf. I know he was only doing what comes natural to him, but, sad as it may be, his death may pave a smoother road for the wolves who stay clear of livestock. In the meantime, sue, sue, sue to keep the wolves protected. As much as I would love to see them de-listed, no good can come from it at this time. All we will see is another total extermination.

aphoto4you

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