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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

Friday, August 6, 2010
Wolf hunts halted in Montana and Idaho
Thursday, April 1, 2010
States plan to kill even more wolves next season
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Declines to stop wolf hunts
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
State sponsored hunts scheduled for fall
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Conservation groups will challenge the removal of essential federal protections
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Rules must be reviewed by new agency heads
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Conservation groups will challenge federal wolf delisting… again
Monday, September 22, 2008
Tacit admission Earthjustice lawsuit to protect wolves was correct
Monday, July 21, 2008
Fall hunts in three states off
Monday, April 28, 2008
Earthjustice goes to court to challenge a tragically flawed decision by the USFWS to remove ESA protections for wolves