Tag Archives: ESA

Wolves in Great Lakes States Ordered Returned to Endangered Species List

US District Judge Beryl Howell has thrown out a 2012 decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region — including Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin — from the Endangered Species List.  This has immediately ended wolf hunting seasons … Continue reading

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Federal Protection Restored for Wyoming Wolves

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson has restored federal protections to wolves in Wyoming, at least temporarily. Wyoming assumed control over its wolves from the federal government in 2012 after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the … Continue reading

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Alexander Archipelago Wolf May Receive ESA Protection

Federal authorities announced Friday that the isolated Alexander Archipelago wolf (Canis lupus ligoni, a subspecies of gray wolf), living solely in southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, may require protection under the Endangered Species Act. The wolves, which den under western … Continue reading

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Reinterpretation of Policy Could “Eviscerate” Endangered Species Act

A seemingly minor intended shift in interpretation for the Endangered Species Act could “eviscerate” protection for species listed under the Act.  The change in policy, a reinterpretation of the phrase “significant portion of its range” in the Act, is scheduled … Continue reading

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Recovery for 2 Near-Extinct Species of Island Foxes

The Island Fox Conservation Working Group recommended this week that two of four endangered species of island foxes (Urocyon littoralis), found only on California’s Channel Islands, should be removed from the Endangered Species List. As the population of bald eagles … Continue reading

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Comment Period Reopened for Wolf Delisting Proposal

A scientific review panel has shot down the USFWS’s proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf, as the proposal was not based on sound science.  You can read the original report here. The public comment period … Continue reading

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Interior Department “Funding” Bill Would Halt New Additions to ESA

The current draft of the Interior Appropriations Bill, released by Chairman of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Mike Simpson (R-ID), essentially guts an unbelievable number of environmental programs, and includes a provision prohibiting legal challenge to delisting gray wolves in Wyoming … Continue reading

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Bad News for Wolves

A measure removing gray wolves from the federal endangered species list made it into the must-pass U.S. Senate budget bill late Monday night. Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus, both R-MT, at the last minute placed a rider in the … Continue reading

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Wolves in Danger of Being Delisted Again

Various lawmakers, from multiple states, are again introducing bills in both the House and the Senate suggesting that the government remove Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves, allowing individual states to manage the wolves within their borders.  (See the … Continue reading

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Wolf Delisting Proposed Again

The flip flop of wolves on and off the Endangered Species List is continuing. Currently both the Western Great Lakes population and the Northern Rockies population are on the federal list, with full protection. But when the Great Lakes wolves … Continue reading

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