Postscript on Northern Rocky Gray Wolf litigation... FWS reverses its own reversal
According to the Defenders of Wildlife, who in turn cite recent statements by senior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) officials, "FWS intends to rescind its own wolf delisting rule - issued in March - sometime this week. This will place the Northern Rockies gray wolf back under federal protections. This action comes on the heels of a decision in July by the U.S. District Court in Missoula granting a request by a coalition of twelve conservation groups for a preliminary injunction, which temporarily placed wolves back under federal protection. The court determined that plaintiffs were likely to prevail against FWS on its claims that delisting was premature because of concerns regarding genetic isolation and the adequacy of state management plans. FWS now intends to ask the court to remand the issue to FWS so it can reconsider its delisting decision." See prior ESA blawg and PLF posting on the preliminary injunction decision. See also, Defenders of Wildlife's wolf chronology.
Defenders of Wildlife, originally formed in 1947 as the Defenders of Furbearers, is a leading voice in wolf conservation. They led the litigation against FWS's proposed delisting rule, and state that they are "extremely pleased that the Fish and Wildlife Service has finally bowed to reality by recognizing that there are serious scientific and legal problems underlying their delisting rule." The depiction of their logo above in no way indicates Defenders of Wildlife's endorsement or sponsorship of this page.