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Gray Wolves in the Northern Rockies

Case Number # 1850

Gray wolves.
Earthjustice has gone to court for years to ensure that wolves can recover from the brink of extinction in the U.S.

Gray wolves have come perilously close to extinction in the Rocky Mountains. Only in the past decade has the wolf population rebounded from a population of less than 50 to more than 1,500 wolves today. Visitors come to Yellowstone every year to get the chance to see and hear wolves in the wild.

In September, 2008, the Bush administration moved to reinstate federal Endangered Species Act protections for wolves, by asking a federal court for permission to withdraw its March 2008 decision to drop protections for wolves in the northern Rockies. On March 6, 2009, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar affirmed the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove gray wolves from the list of threatened and endangered species in the western Great Lakes and the northern Rocky Mountain states of Idaho and Montana and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah.

Once again, Earthjustice has turned to the courts to protect the gray wolves of the northern Rockies from attempts to deprive wolves of necessary legal and habitat protections. On June 2, 2009, Earthjustice filed suit on behalf of conservation groups challenging the decision to delist the wolves. In August 2009, Earthjustice sought an emergency injunction to halt wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana.

Press Releases

Monday, March 31, 2014
Scientific peer review questioning wolf proposal prompts many to write administration
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Federal proposal would halt wolf recovery, allow more wolf killing
Friday, June 7, 2013
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prematurely pulls the plug on wolf recovery efforts
Thursday, May 9, 2013
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to remove wolf from endangered list expected soon
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Removal of federal protection is hampering recovery of iconic endangered species
Monday, September 10, 2012
Federal delisting undermines successful recovery of iconic endangered species
Thursday, August 4, 2011
"A major step backward for wolf recovery"
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Provisions aim to hamper wild lands protection; marks first time Congress attempts to delist a species
Friday, March 4, 2011
Provision would strip ESA protections for wolves in Idaho, Montana and surrounding region
Monday, February 28, 2011
Governor suggests people ignore federal wolf protections