September 23, 2014
Federal Court Reinstates Protections for Wyoming Wolves
Decision Halts Hunting of Wolves in Wyoming, as Michiganders Have the Opportunity to Do the Same in November
Wolves have federal protections again in Wyoming. The federal district court in the District of Columbia struck down a 2012 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Wyoming. The ruling requires the immediate reinstatement of federal protection for the species, and halts the hunting of wolves in Wyoming, a state with a sordid history of persecuting wolves.
The decision comes less than two weeks after wolf advocates successfully halted a 2014 hunt for wolves in Michigan pending the results of two referendums on the state election ballot this November aimed at repealing legislation making the wolf a game species.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, said: “We are pleased that wolves will not be hunted in Wyoming or Michigan this year. Today, a federal court recognized that sport hunting of wolves is inconsistent with the need for continued protections for this iconic species—we urge voters in Michigan to do the same in November.
The HSUS was represented by lawyers in its Animal Protection Litigation Section. For more information on the 2012 lawsuit, click here.
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