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Judge Rules Gray Wolves Be Returned to Federal Protection
The Lewiston Tribune Online

A federal judge in Montana has ruled that gray wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming be returned to federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Judge Donald Molloy of Montana ruled Friday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner when it removed wolves in the Northern Rockies Region from the endangered species list in March.

106 Wolves Have Been Killed in the Past 118 Days


That's nearly one wolf killed every day. And if Wyoming, Idaho and Montana have their way, at least 900 wolves -- nearly 60 percent of the population -- could be exterminated this fall.

UPDATE: Wolf Control Program Back Up

Alaska Newsreader / Anchorage Daily News / March 25, 2008

Alaska Judge Upholds Aerial Wolf Killing But Limits Extent

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Environmental News Service) - A federal judge on Friday invalidated the aerial gunning of wolves in several areas of Alaska in a case brought by four conservation groups challenging the state's wolf control program.

At the same time, Superior Court Judge William Morse upheld the practice of shooting wolves from planes and helicopters.

Good News: Aerial wolf control stopped in 12,000 - 15,000 square miles of Alaska's 60,000 square mile predator control area

Judge faults expansion of wolf control

PREDATOR MANAGEMENT: Overall program upheld by court ruling on Friday.

The Associated Press

A judge on Friday invalidated the aerial killing of wolves in several small areas of Alaska while issuing a ruling upholding the state predator control program.

Board of Game Plays More Games: Alaska Finds New Excuse to Kill Wolves

Darien, Conn. "“ Friends of Animals president Priscilla Feral today denounced the Alaska Board of Game's recent approval of aerial wolf control for the first time since the mid-1980s.

Feral stated, "Alaskans have allowed their bureaucracy to be taken over by extremists -- people who want to keep an air force to annihilate wolves and other natural predators. Alaska's bloody spectacles are a blight on the continent."

Help Stop the Bush Administration's Latest Debacle: Aerial Gunning of Greater Yellowstone Wolves

In 1995, Canada sent 35 gray wolves to the state of Idaho, to help reintroduce wolves to the Yellowstone region of the Norwest United States. Protected under the Endangered Species Act, free-living wolves flourished in the Yellowstone area of the Northern Rockies in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Gray wolves play a beneficial role in the ecosystem, and they also help to maintain healthy populations of raptors, rodents, and coyotes and other animals.


The Idaho Statesman

Rocky Barker

Elk have replaced cows as the flash point in the debate over the return of wolves to the West. Ranchers led the campaign to eliminate wolves in the West early in the 20th century. Keeping wolves from eating livestock was the major concern when wolves were reintroduced to the region in 1995. But now, the complex relationship between wolves and their natural prey - and hunters and wildlife enthusiasts - dominates the debate.

Judge stops Alaska from offering a wolf 'bounty'

Associated Press Writer

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A judge on Friday halted Alaska's $150 payments for each wolf killed under its predator control program.

Conservation groups lauded the decision by state Superior Court Judge William Morse granting their request for a temporary stop to what they called an illegal bounty. Plaintiffs are suing the state to terminate the predator control program altogether, but said Friday's ruling was significant.

Friends of Animals Moves to Halt Bounty Killing of Wolves

For Immediate Release: 27 March 2007

Today, in the latest news in the case FRIENDS OF ANIMALS vs. STATE OF ALASKA, Friends of Animals quickly moved for a preliminary injunction in the Superior Court for the State of Alaska to halt the State's newest assault on wolves.

This time, the Board of Game is offering a bounty to permit holders who kill in several designated control areas, then bring in the foreleg of the dead wolf.