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Court rules that wolf delisting likely violates the Endangered Species Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2009
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Court rules that wolf delisting likely violates the Endangered Species Act
Hunt will continue while court hears lawsuit

Summary:

• Yesterday evening, the U.S District Court of Montana agreed with plaintiffs that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service likely violated the Endangered Species Act in delisting wolves in Idaho and Montana.
• While Defenders is disappointed that the court declined to immediately halt the ongoing wolf hunt, we are optimistic that the court will ultimately overturn the wolf delisting and restore Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies.

WASHINGTON, DC. –
The following is a statement by Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife:
“A hunting season for wolves at this point in time still poses a threat to the Northern Rockies population and we’re disappointed that the court did not grant our motion to immediately stop the hunt.  We’re pleased, however, that the court recognizes that we are likely to prevail on our legal claim that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted illegally by delisting wolves in Idaho, Montana, eastern Washington, eastern Oregon, and portions of north-central Utah.
“We will continue to press our lawsuit challenging the delisting and are optimistic that the court will ultimately rule in our favor, restoring federal protections to Northern Rockies wolves.”

The following is a statement by Suzanne Stone, Northern Rockies representative for Defenders of Wildlife.
“We’re hopeful that the ongoing hunt is only a temporary setback on the road to accomplishing our ultimate goal: Restoring protections for wolves until a scientifically sound delisting rule that ensures a healthy regional wolf population, and adequate state plans are in place.”

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