Statement of Endangered Species Coalition on Today’s Announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Deny Federal Protections to Gray Wolves in the Northern Rockies
Missoula, Mont.–In response to numerous petitions filed more than two years ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that it has declined to reinstate Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies. The Coalition issued the following statement:
“We are disappointed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is refusing to hold the states accountable to wolf conservation commitments they made a decade ago,” said Susan Holmes, Executive Director for the Endangered Species Coalition. “In the years since wolves were delisted, Idaho and Montana have enacted increasingly aggressive wolf-killing measures, including trapping, snaring, 11-month-long seasons and more, all of which threaten to roll back one of America’s greatest wildlife restoration achievements.”
The Endangered Species Coalition supports the proposed development of a national Wolf Recovery Plan, and we look forward to engaging in that process.