I just received an email from Defenders of Wildlife, although I am not a member. It states, in part:
As a result of a lawsuit brought in federal court by Defenders of Wildlife and other conservation groups, wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies are again protected under the Endangered Species Act.
A federal judge in Montana sided with Defenders and other conservation groups, overturning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to remove gray wolves in the Northern Rockies from the endangered species list.
This is incredible news that will save the lives of hundreds of wolves that would have otherwise been targeted and killed in hunts this fall. And it opens the door to developing a science-based plan that will ensure wolf recovery continues in the Northern Rockies.
This hard-fought victory would not have been possible without the hundreds of thousands of Defenders activists like you who wrote federal and state officials, attended hearings and supported our legal fight and on-the-ground work financially. Thank you so much for making this victory for wolves happen!
This legal decision is not only a win for wolves, but also for science-based conservation — the judge clearly ruled that recovery decisions for our most vulnerable wildlife must be based on science, not politics.
Yes!! Way to go, U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy!!!! This really makes my day, week, and probably month. Love this judge. Have written about him before.
The ruling is going to be challenged, of course, so the fight goes on. But this fall, this year, the wolves of Montana and Idaho will be safe again.