Wyoming's wolves are protected by the federal government. The state wants to take over management and allow the killing of wolves. The Fish and Wildlife Service denied Wyoming's plan; ranchers, farmers, and others filed suit; and Earthjustice intevened to assure a stout defense of the wolves.
As part of federal budget negotiations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has introduced a proposal to remove Endangered Species Act Protections for grey wolves across the country. This would be a serious setback to decades of conservation efforts, and Earthjustice is preparing a legal challenge in case the proposal passes.
A federal decision allowing Wyoming to remove its grey wolves from the Endangered Species List is being challenged in court by several conservation groups. The groups filed suit with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, asking to reinstate protections for the wolves and stop the policy under which at least 49 wolves have been killed since Wyoming took over the population management in October.