Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Thank You to District Judge Donald Molloy, Earthjustice, and Defenders of Wildlife

I wanted to post a "thank you" to Montana District Judge Donald Molloy of Missoula who reversed the gray wolf delisting throughout the Northern Rockies. The Judge acknowledged that the USFWS was premature in their delisting of wolves and as a result, the ruling imposed an unreasonable threat to the wolf population.

This is pending a ruling on the case filed by Earthjustice on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife (and many other caring organizations) challenging the delisting of wolves. The following is a statement made by Suzanne Asha Stone, a Northern Rockies wolf conservation specialist for Defenders of Wildlife:

“We’re very pleased with today’s decision to restore federal protections to wolves in the Northern Rockies until the ongoing case is ultimately decided by Judge Molloy. This is a very important first step, since it stops the continued and almost indiscriminate killing of wolves under the states’ management plans that could have put the long-term recovery of the wolf at risk.

“The delisting of wolves was inappropriate and illegal in large part because existing state management plans are inadequate to ensure the long term conservation of wolves in the region, allowing far too many wolves to be unnecessarily killed. Responsible, balanced management by the states would benefit wolves, ranchers, hunters and all Northern Rockies residents. While the court continues to weigh our challenge to the delisting decision, we will continue to work to improve the current state plans so that they maintain a healthy wolf population.”

Thank you District Judge Donald Molloy, Earthjustice, and Defenders of Wildlife!

In the meantime, let's all Save The Wolves Now!

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