The victim was trying to feed the obviously rabid or ill wolf.
The victim was trying to feed the obviously rabid or ill wolf.
Contact: Kendra Barkoff, DOI (202) 208 6416 Chris Tollefson, FWS (202) 247-7417 WASHINGTON, DC -
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reached an agreement with the majority of plaintiffs, including Defenders of Wildlife, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and eight other conservation organizations, to settle ongoing litigation over a Federal District Court’s 2010 decision to reinstate Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains.
If approved by the court, the settlement offers a path for the Service to return management of the recovered wolf populations in Idaho and Montana to the States while the Service considers options for delisting gray wolves across the Rocky Mountain region, where population levels have returned to biologically recovered levels. “For too long, management of wolves in this country has been caught up in controversy and litigation instead of rooted in science where it belongs. This proposed settlement provides a path forward to recognize the successful recovery of the gray wolf in the northern Rocky Mountains and to return its management to States and Tribes,” said Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes. “I am pleased that the negotiations resulted in this important agreement,” said Acting Service Director Rowan Gould. “The proposed settlement has the potential to return management of wolves in Montana and Idaho to the states and tribes and will also enable the Fish and Wildlife Service to use our limited resources to address other species in need of recovery actions.” Under the terms of the settlement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to address the delisting of wolves in the region in the future as a distinct population segment, rather than on a state-by-state basis. The parties are requesting that the court allow the 2009 delisting to be reinstated in Montana and Idaho on an interim basis, in accordance with approved state management plans, until a full delisting can be completed for the northern Rocky Mountain wolf population. The parties are agreeing that they allow these steps to move forward, up to and including a potential delisting of Rocky Mountain wolves, without resorting to further litigation. “I want to recognize the great work of Deputy Secretary Hayes, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the entire negotiating team, and all those who worked with us to find a common-sense way forward,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Separate negotiations are ongoing between the Service and the State of Wyoming in an effort to reach agreement on a management plan for wolves in that state. If a mutually acceptable management plan for wolves in Wyoming can be developed, then the Service will be able to proceed with delisting proceedings addressing wolves throughout the northern Rocky Mountains. The delisting provided for under this agreement does not extend to the small wolf populations in eastern Oregon and Washington, or to Utah, where there are not believed to be any resident wolves. FWS intends to address the longer term status of wolves in Oregon, Washington, and Utah when it issues a new rule addressing status of wolves across the Northern Rocky Mountain region. FWS will work with state officials in Oregon, Washington and Utah in the meantime to address any wolf management issues and retains the option to consider reclassifying wolves from “endangered” to “threatened” in those states in order to provide more management flexibility. The Service and the plaintiffs have agreed to take other actions that will clarify implementation of the ESA and ensure that a recovered wolf population continues to be sustainably managed under approved state management plans. Additional terms of the proposed agreement are available here. The ESA provides a critical safety net for America’s native fish, wildlife and plants. This landmark conservation law has prevented the extinction of hundreds of imperiled species across the nation and promoted the recovery of many others. Additional background information on the settlement is available here.
Contact: Susan Wheeler Friday, March 18, 2011 Washington, D.C. – Today’s partial settlement of a court case over wolf management could benefit Idaho by returning the species to state management, and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo noted that cooperation should trump court action and bring surer solutions to issues raised under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Crapo is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which holds jurisdiction over the ESA, and has been part of a group in Congress advocating legislative solutions to return wolves to state management control.
“Idahoans have gone beyond what is required to ensure that wolves are removed from federal management,” Crapo said. “Our Governor, Department of Fish and Game, the Congressional Delegation, the Nez Perce Tribe, ranchers, outdoor enthusiasts and others have all worked hard to make this particular recovery program successful. We have recovered the species. It is time to get to common ground and avoid further court actions and allow the Endangered Species Act to work as it was intended.
“While I appreciate the Secretary’s leadership and the hard work that has been put into this settlement, I remain concerned about doing this administratively. The only way to solve this problem is through a legislative delisting of the wolf. I will continue working with my colleagues, the Administration and others in order to make that happen and ensure Idaho is treated fairly,” Crapo added.
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January 27 the Morgart male was picked up by helicopter during year end counts, while trying to mate naturally with a wolf from the middle fork pack. He was placed into an enclosure near the AZ border on the Quemado forest service district, where he chewed his way out of the enclosure. The FWS then tailgate released a 3 year old Aspen pack female from the wolves kept at Turner pens. The Aspen pack female used in the release was removed from the Adobe ranch in Dec 2007 along with her littermates and parents, for participating in multiple yearling depredations on deeded land between the ages of 6-9 months. Attached is a link to video of this depredation. New promises have been made that these wolves will be removed if they again choose to depredate cattle. That is pretty unlikely since FWS haven’t removed depredating wolves since this video occured in 2008. Ranchers were told Governor Susanna Martinez signed off on the release.