- State backs Trump administration’s removal of gray wolf from endangered species list
- NRA has already intervened as a defendant
(Reuters) – The state of Utah has asked a federal court in Oakland for permission to join in a lawsuit in order to oppose conservation groups that are challenging the removal of gray wolves from the list of endangered and threatened species in the lower 48 states.
In a Monday filing, Utah said it wants to join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Rifle Association in defending the Trump administration’s December decision to de-list the gray wolf. WildEarth Guardians and other groups sued the government to undo the decision in January, alleging violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
John Mellgren, a lawyer with the Western Environmental Law Center who represents the plaintiffs, said his clients had not yet taken a position on Utah’s move.
The Fish and Wildlife Service declined to comment, said its spokesperson Vanessa Kauffman. The Utah attorney general’s office also declined to comment through a spokesperson.
Utah told Senior U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White that because the delisting of gray wolves turned over the management of its population to states, it has “legally protectable interests” in fighting the plaintiffs’ lawsuit.
Utah says that roughly 20 gray wolves live within its territory. But with neighboring Colorado recently voting to reintroduce gray wolves into the Rockies’ Western Slope in the coming years, Utah says in its court filing that it must “manage” the predator’s population to protect its livestock.
The Trump administration in October announced it would lift ESA protections for the gray wolf, arguing the species had been brought back successfully from the brink of extinction. The delisting took effect on Jan. 4.
The move was a win for ranchers who argue that larger numbers of wolves threaten livestock, while conservation groups said the species has yet to recover in much of its former range, including Northern California and the Northeast.
The conservation groups that sued the Fish and Wildlife Service over the delisting in January also include the Western Watersheds Project and Cascadia Wildlands. They argue that the wolf’s delisting “conflicts with the Service’s responsibility to take a precautionary approach to wildlife management” in accordance with the ESA.
The National Rifle Association was granted permission to intervene as a defendant in the case in May. It said that if the plaintiffs win their case, the wolves will be relisted, and its members won’t be allowed to hunt them as game during state-run wolf hunting seasons.
The case is WildEarth Guardians v. Bernhardt, U.S. District Court for the California Northern District, No. 4:21-cv-00349.
For WildEarth Guardians et al: John Mellgren of the Western Environmental Law Center
For David Bernhardt et al: Michael Eitel with the U.S. Department of Justice
Trump administration lifts federal protections for gray wolf
Fearing delisting reversal, group sues to immediately begin gray wolf hunt
In win for hunters’ group, judge orders gray wolf hunt to begin in Wisconsin
101008 693079Exceptional publish from specialist also it will probably be a wonderful know how to me and thanks quite a lot for posting this beneficial data with us all. 170099
552534 244176These kinds of Search marketing boxes normally realistic, healthy and balanced as a result receive just about every customer service necessary for some product. Link Building Services 785139
368923 945888Thanks for providing such a great article, it was exceptional and very informative. Its my first time that I visit here. I identified a lot of informative stuff inside your post. Maintain it up. Thank you. 764550
790429 599588I got what you intend, saved to bookmarks , very decent internet internet site . 822397
530955 26393This internet site can be a walk-through its the data you wanted concerning this and didnt know who to ask. Glimpse here, and you will undoubtedly discover it. 426735
93520 509064Really educating story, saved your website for hopes to read more! 737926
909689 972371I discovered your blog on yahoo and can bookmark it currently. carry on the nice work. 89030
363649 348531I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is very best for everybody, very best both for the body and the mind. 757784
571927 458605Im positive your publish and internet website is incredibly constructed 918462
829804 149621hey, your internet site is superb. We do appreciate your function 171173
635274 680269Extremely interesting information!Perfect just what I was looking for! 308138
115345 834523An interesting discussion is worth comment. I feel which you want to write much more on this matter, it could not be a taboo topic but normally individuals are not enough to speak on such topics. Towards the next. Cheers 463551
638311 563436This is a terrific internet site, could you be interested in doing an interview about just how you created it? If so e-mail me! 864906