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May 29, 2008

Inside the Courtroom

Today, I was in court while Judge Donnold Molloy heard oral arguments on our motion seeking a preliminary injunction to return legal ESA status to wolves in the northern Rockies while the lawsuit challenging the delisting rule is heard. EarthJustice attorney Doug Honnold and his colleagues Jenny Harbine and Tim Preso presented strong evidence that the injunction was necessary to stop the wolf killings that have been mounting since the March 28, 2008 delisting. 

The federal government, states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, National Rifle Association, Safari Club International, and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife opposed our request with their team of 15 attorneys. The arguments against the injunction included statements that the wolves in Wyoming’s shoot on sight zone (88% of the state) are “bad wolves”, which are not important to population reproduction. 

The judge recessed at lunchtime stating that he will make his decision soon.  Needless to say, the lives of many wolves are at stake. I will be watching closely so we can share any news as soon as it happens.

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