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Resisting Delisting

In December, 2007 Idaho Department of Fish & Game unvealed its Idaho Wolf Population Management Plan

* CLICK HERE to read press release and fact sheet about WWP joining 10 other groups to fight delisting!
* CLICK HERE to read the 60-Day Letter of Intent to litigate!
Wolf UpdateIn October, 2000 IWP launched a public service announcement on television regarding Idaho's wolves & public lands ranching:
* CLICK HERE to read the press release!
* CLICK HERE for the video in QuickTime!
* CLICK HERE for the video in RealVideo!

"Cost of Freedom" by Vanessa Schulz Now Available on DVD!

"Cost of Freedom" by Vanessa Schulz Now Available on DVD!Order "Cost of Freedom" on DVD! This award winning documentary tells the story of an extraordinary wolf and her fight for survival in one of America's last islands of wilderness.
* CLICK HERE to order Vanessa Schulz's "Cost of Freedom" on DVD and to learn more about the film.

More Information

* WWP's Comments on Idaho Wolf Population Management Plan (2007) (pdf)
* Defenders/WWP et al collaborative comments Wolf Population Management Plan (2007) (pdf)
* Legal docket for WWP's Wolves & SNRA Suit!
   Lawsuit Filed

   Update 1
   Update 2
   Complaint (in MS Word)
   Plaintiffs' Reply (in
MS Word)
* Lessons from the West
* Wolf Recovery Coordinator Recalls the Call of the Wild
* Major Victory for Idaho's Wolves
* The Cry of the Wolf in the West
* Dances with Druids
* Natural Selection: Wolves In, Grazing Permits Out
* Additional Suggested Reading:
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
Vol. 28, No. 26, May 17, 2000

Press articles are in PDF FORMAT, and
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Wolf Slideshow - Photos Courtesy Rick Hobson

The slideshow above features nine wolf images. Photos courtesy Rick Hobson.

Western Watersheds Project's involvement in the sound recovery of wolves in the West has helped save wolves. By tirelessly monitoring watersheds throughout the West and enforcing the rule of law, WWP's efforts remove abusive livestock grazing on federal public lands thereby removing the fundamental causes of wolf slaughter - the persistance of livestock on public wolf habitat.

With the delisting of Northern Rocky Mountain wolves in the Northwest, and WWP's expansion into Arizona extending our efforts into Mexican Gray Wolf recovery, keep abreast of WWP's efforts at restoring wolf habitat by signing up for WWP's On-line Messenger and consider supporting our critical efforts by joining WWP today.

Western Watersheds Project and the Idaho Conservation League won a major victory in their efforts to protect Idaho's wolf populations when a federal District Court judge ruled that the 1972 law which established the Sawtooth National Recreation Area gives wolves and all other wildlife precedence over livestock.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill also ruled that the U.S. Forest Service, which manages the SNRA, is in violation of the federal Rescissions Act, passed by Congress in 1995 to force the agency to establish a schedule to conduct environmental analyses of every grazing allotment in the National Forest System.

Furthermore, Winmill ruled that the Forest Service violated the Organic Act which created the SNRA by failing to consider whether livestock grazing is "substantially impairing" wolf populations in the area. He also determined that the Organic Act does not include grazing as a "historic" or "pastoral" value.

Winmill's ruling forces the Forest Service to complete National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) analyses of all SNRA allotments for which analyses have not been conducted.

Even where NEPA analyses have been done, the judge ruled that the Forest Service must revisit the allotments to conduct Organic Act analyses for significant impairment of wildlife, fisheries and recreation.

"Under the law which created the SNRA and in the forest plan for the Sawtooth National Forest, wildlife, fisheries and recreation must be protected and have higher priorities for management than livestock grazing," said Jon Marvel, executive director of WWP.

WWP and ICL sued the Forest Service for its failure to protect gray wolves.

The lawsuit followed the killing by government gunners on June 29, 2001 of two radio-collared wolves from the Whitehawk pack in the SNRA, part of the Sawtooth National Forest near Sun Valley, Idaho.

The lawsuit charged that the Forest Service failed in its duty to keep sheep and cattle that graze on public lands away from known wolf pack denning and rendezvous sites.

At least 27 wolves in the past three years have been killed or removed from areas in or near the SNRA due to conflicts with livestock.

In April 2002 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents killed the entire Whitehawk pack of 11 wolves near the SNRA. Similarly, the White Cloud and Stanley Basin wolf packs were eliminated in 2000 and 2001.

Despite the known presence of wolves in the SNRA, some 4,470 sheep and 2,500 cattle are allowed to graze on 28 Forest Service allotments in the area.

WWP and ICL have long contended that management of livestock in the SNRA has significantly impaired wolves and other wildlife as well as fisheries and recreation.

"The law is clear. Wildlife takes precedence over livestock in the SNRA," said William Eddie of the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, attorney for WWP and ICL.

"The next time the government looks at shooting up a wolf pack in the SNRA, as it did last year, it better consider the legality of such an action," said ICL Conservation Director McCarthy.


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