UPI reports that on February 11th, According to court papers, a federal judge on Thursday attempted to reinstate protections for American wolves under the Endangered Species Act.
The decision was reached by U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White of the Northern District of California, and it overturned a decision made by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in 2020.
The Fish and Wildlife Service will withdraw federal protections for the grey wolf population across the majority of the continental United States in November 2020, according to a press release.
Delisting is effective in January 2021, and individual states will be responsible for the management of their respective populations.
Some states opened their grey wolf hunting seasons rapidly, with Wisconsin reducing its Canis lupus population by one-third during the first hunting season, which was the most successful.
Wisconsin’s intentions to introduce a second hunting season this past fall were temporarily halted by a state judge.
An animal protection lawsuit was launched by The Humane Society of the United States in January 2021 together with a coalition of conservation organizations in an attempt to have animals’ protections under the Endangered Species Act reinstated.
Specifically, White ruled that the government failed to examine threats to wolves across their entire range, as evidenced by the ruling.
“The Service did not take into account the dangers to wolves that existed outside of these core populations in sufficient detail.
The Service instead chooses to avoid evaluating these wolves by deciding,
without providing any explanation or analysis, that wolves outside of the core populations are not required for the recovery of the species “The decision of the judge is as follows:
According to the Court, when delisting the entire species of wolves, the Service failed to fully assess threats to wolves outside of core populations in the Great Lakes and Northern Rocky Mountains.
The wolf population in the Northern Rockies is the only one in the United States that is not protected by federal law or treaty.
Between 1966 and 1976, the federal government declared many regional subspecies of the grey wolf to be threatened with extinction.
“Today marks a watershed moment in the history of wolves, who will now be safeguarded from state-sponsored slaughterhouses.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service should finally learn its lesson after having yet another wolf delisting decision overturned in federal court,
according to a new report “On Thursday, Kitty Block, president, and CEO of the Human Society of the United States made the following remarks in a statement.
According to Block, “instead of continuing to invent complicated justifications to deprive these cherished animals of legal protections,
the agency must design a plan for substantial recovery across the species’ range and ensure that states do not kill their wolf populations.”