USFWS arbitrarily failed to include vast acreage of lynx habitat as “critical habitat”

This is a very important decision for the future of the lynx, which had been added to ESA protection.

Molloy rules lynx plan arbitrarily excluded possible ‘critical habitat‘. By Michael Jamison. Missoulian.

This is the second go round on the size of the lynx habitat . Politics played a critical and unlawful role in keep the designation of habitat smaller than needed.

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Ralph Maughan

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.

4 Responses to Judge Molloy: FWS plan excluded possible lynx habitat

  1. Virginia says:

    This is great news! I attended the meeting in Cody addressing this issue and talked to a USFW person who told me he felt after bush left office, the habitat area would increase. It is disgraceful that something like this could be politicized! I wonder if the bush administration person who shrunk this habitat proposal to 10% of what was planned is still employed by the USFW. Thank you to Judge Molloy and keep on advocating for wildlife!

  2. JB says:


    Do you have a copy of this decision? If so, could you post it here?

  3. Mike says:

    Thanks Judge Molloy!


July 2010


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

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