Skip to comments.Idaho, Montana Wolves Delisted by Congress
Posted on 04/15/2011 9:43:13 AM PDT by jazusamo
The U.S. Senate approved a must-pass budget bill on Thursday, removing wolves in Montana and Idaho from Endangered Species Act protections and placing wolf management under state game departments.
A rider in the budget bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, returns the legal playing field back to 2009 when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had delisted the wolves in Montana and Idaho. Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho, chairman of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, attached a similar measure to the House version of the budget bill.
This is a responsible step, and a step I think needed to happen, said Tester, in a late-afternoon conference call with reporters.
The budget bill passed in the Democratically-controlled Senate 81-19 and earlier in the Republican-controlled House 260-167.
Although Sen. Max Baucus, D-MT, and Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer both praised Testers successful efforts, Denny Rehberg, Montanas U.S. representative, did not, nor did he vote for the budget bill. Rehberg was one of 59 Republicans in the House to vote against the bill.
Rep. Rehberg has a rival wolf bill, which would delist wolves throughout the lower 48 states including Wyoming, which has a controversial law that treats wolves as shoot-on-sight predators in 90 percent of the state and as trophy animals in the national forests surrounding Yellowstone National Park.
Rehberg announced hes running against Tester in 2012.
The wolf delisting language is as follows:
SEC. 1713. Before the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall reissue the final rule published on April 2, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 15123 et seq.) without regard to any other provision of statute or regulation that applies to issuance of such rule. Such reissuance (including this section) shall not be subject to judicial review and shall not abrogate or otherwise have any effect on the order and judgment issued by the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming in Case Numbers 09CV118J and 09CV138J on November 18, 2010.
That last phrase about Wyoming upholds Judge Alan Johnsons November 2010 ruling that the USFWS had acted arbitrarily and capriciously in rejecting Wyomings wolf management plan.
Wyomings U.S. Rep., Republican Cynthia Lummis, views that language as helpful to the cause of delisting the wolf in her state, as well. Upholding Judge Johnsons ruling is crucial to advancing negotiations on a common sense wolf management plan. This language removes obstacles that would have otherwise hindered discussions on the status of the fully recovered gray wolf in Wyoming, she said in a statement.
Wyoming and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are already deep in negotiations that would make the dual-status of Wyoming wolves acceptable to the service. Steve Ferrell, a policy advisor to Gov. Matt Mead, has been talking to Wyoming interest groups about a flex line idea, which would temporarily extend the trophy area boundary south to Big Piney, so as to allow dispersal of wolves between Wyoming and Idaho.
Conservation groups have expressed disappointment with the Tester/Simpson language for two reasons. One is the fact that in the 38-year history of the Endangered Species Act, Congress has never delisted a species by a political decision until now, said Kierán Suckling, executive director for the Center for Biological Diversity. Secondly, said Jon Marvel, executive director of Western Watersheds, the bill bans judicial review and any challenge of this delisting by conservation groups.
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Yes it is good news!!!!!
I believe the radio told me this morning that there are “1200 wolves” in the wild. I’m pretty sure that is a deeply misleading statement, if not a bald-faced lie.
You’re correct, that’s not true. I believe they estimate there’s around 1200 in ID and MT. Wolves are also establishing breeding pairs in WA, OR and I believe UT.
I believe there is no closed season and you can shoot as many wolves as you want in Ontario. In Alaska the limit is 10, so I doubt there are so few wolves.
I have spent a lot of time in the bush in Alaska and Canada and I have seen very few people, period, but in particular any greenie treehuggers. I have seen lots of wolves, so I have never figured out who exactly is endangering these harmful predators.
Yep, bald faced lie. Similar to the lie told in CA when they outlawed hunting of cougars. They claimed only 2000 cougars total in the USA when, in fact, there were more than 2000 in CA alone.
Just a little left logic there.
LOL! I wouldn’t be surprised to see a bunch of tree huggers and enviro-nazi groups really ticked at some Dem Senators. Not just because of the wolves themselves but legislating a so called endangered species off the list.
Of course Democrat-registered wolves will still be able to vote in federal elections
“Of course Democrat-registered wolves will still be able to vote in federal elections”
Party affiliation be damned - if he’s in my cross hairs, his days of vote stealin’ are over.
How much are out of state wolf tags?
They are welcome to come on up here and chain themselves to a wolf in protest...
Good! Pound ‘em into extiction.
Wolves usually start the day off with a simple breakfast of oatmeal with raisins and perhaps a cup of cranberry juice. Most of the morning is spent serving as Big Brothers and Big Sisters to coyotes, teaching the coyotes to floss and finish their homework. Afternoons pass by quietly with the wolves reading nursery stories to baby elk and helping old deer to cross busy streets. They go to bed early, believing that ample rest is good for the soul. Wolves...the nice guys in the forest.
Insanity has been adopted as the official policy of the Federal Government.
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