December 21, 2006
Discussion Topic: Should Feds Delist Idaho and Montana Wolves?
By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
From an Associated Press article in the Helena Independent Record:
The head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says his agency will start removing federal protections from gray wolves in Montana and Idaho by January, regardless of whether Wyoming has submitted an acceptable plan to manage its own wolves by then.
Wyoming's plan is tied up in lawsuits, and Fish and Wildlife Director Dale Hall said Tuesday his agency is moving ahead with Idaho and Montana, where management plans are already in place.
Defenders of Wildlife, which advocates on behalf of wolves, vowed to fight the move, saying delisting by state is illegal.
Last week, we posted a story reporting that the USFWS had suggested a compromise solution to their standoff with Wyoming, which that state (so far at least) has not accepted. So should the feds move forward without them?