Federal wolf recovery project leader for Wyoming, Mike Jimenez, to be out of job March 28.

Story in the Casper Star Tribune. End of the Trail. By Chris Merrill.

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Related. Rocky Barker’s blog, “Letters from the West,” has a story about Jemenez coupled with discussion that wolves were moving southward into Idaho and NW Montana prior to the wolf reintroduction. Note that Barker does not say wolf reintroduction in Idaho was, therefore unneeded. He correctly says it was going nowhere because of poisonings and shootings of the in-migrating wolves.



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  1. Jeff Avatar

    These public servants deserve a great deal of respect and thanks for doing an admirable job of negociating a political mine field with an amazing amount of success.

  2. Jon way Avatar

    following your comment: “He correctly says it was going nowhere because of poisonings and shootings of the in-migrating wolves,” John Glowa has noted that the same thing seems to be happening in New England right now and nothing is being done to stop this.

  3. Dave Smith Avatar
    Dave Smith

    It seems mighty cocky for the feds to do this while there are pending lawsuits. Hey Mike J., we lost, please come back.

  4. Sally Roberts Avatar
    Sally Roberts

    As far as I understand, there is no lawsuit on the delisting. Unless an injunction is filed, the states take over on Friday, so the feds really aren’t jumping the gun. And they are going to file, they better get on it!

  5. Dave Smith Avatar
    Dave Smith

    Semantics. “Seven environmental and animal-rights groups have filed a notice of their intent to sue over the decision, but they are limited by the Endangered Species Act from filing until 60 days after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made its official decision on delisting, which was Feb. 28.”

  6. Don Riley Avatar
    Don Riley

    Sounds like more of the Bush rules. Feds can give notice and 30 days later they can act. Anyone who disagrees with the proposed action has to wait 60 from the date of the fed notice. Is this the law or another Bush rule????

  7. Brian Ertz Avatar

    it’s the law ~ public waits 60 days ~ the effect will be to drag it out in the papers, probably not much more. states won’t do much in the 30 day difference as doing so would bolster advocates’ case for an immediate injunction, should an injunction be sought – that is, unless they are really foolish or just that full of themselves, both of which are possible it seems. it seems to me that everything with how states have been posturing demonstrates that they are willing to be patient to ensure every chance at ‘control’ – they don’t want to drop the ball and have to deal with all of this with a new administration.

  8. Robert Hoskins Avatar
    Robert Hoskins

    It’s the law.

  9. Dave Smith Avatar
    Dave Smith

    This is a bit of an aside, but it’s important to work your way through the whole bureaucratic and legal process, including the 60 day notice of intent to bring suit, because that way you can face a judge and honestly say, I’m sorry to bother you, but I’ve tried working with the agencies, I’ve gone through the process, and I have no way to solve this problem but the courts. It’s NEPA–the National Environmental Policy Act–that gives citizens a means of participating during Environmental Impact Statements, and that’s why Bush Co. is trying to bypass the public review process on all sorts of environmental policy issues.

  10. SmalltownID Avatar

    Neat article,. Jimenez says “walking in other people’s shoes”. We could learn a lot from the guy.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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