Federal judge rejects plan to remove wolves from endangered list
Apr 14, 2011
A federal judge, Donald Molloy, has rejected a plan to remove wolves from the Endangered Species Act, according to Reuters.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been in talks with conservation groups concerning the numbers of wolves in Montana and Idaho.
According to an ABC News report, the governor of Idaho is poised to announce a "wolf disaster" emergency in his state, where some residents feel that not just livestock but human lives are in danger.
Part of Molloy's reasoning was that wolves in Idaho and Montana should be treated the same way as wolves in Wyoming, a state that was not included in the plan, according to Reuters.
About 1,200 wolves are in Idaho and Montana, where the populations were introduced 15 years ago under federal protection. Some of the people against federal protection of wolves are ranchers and big-game sportsmen.
Wolves have an average lifespan of 6 to 8 years, according to National Geographic, and are currently listed as endangered, a protection status which conservationists are fighting to keep in place.