USFWS thinking on wolves after the recent court decision

My personal opinion is that moderate groups could sit down and work out a new wolf delisting plan. Of course, this would require the state governments to change their wolf management plans if they want to participate in wolf management. Unfortunately, state politicians are probably not among moderates, especially with an election coming up.

Questions and Answers from USFWS



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  1. JimT Avatar

    “Probably not among moderates”?

    An understatement, Ralph. 😉

  2. Daniel Berg Avatar
    Daniel Berg

    If anybody has a minute to educate me, how big of a role do contract biologists play in the USFWS? Are they heavily utilized? What criteria are they contracted under?

  3. JEFF E Avatar
    JEFF E

    In other words Judge Malloy was rock solid on the legal aspects, covered all his bases, and ruled according to the law.

  4. JimT Avatar

    More importantly, his finding of facts was meticulous, will make it very hard to appeal.

  5. Rick Hammel Avatar
    Rick Hammel

    What is difficult for me to understand, is how Wildlife Services can move ahead with their EA in light of Judge Molloy’s decision? Cananyone enlighten me?

    1. Ralph Maughan Avatar

      Rick Hammel,

      I think they believe their EA has not been made moot and will be even more relevant under subsequent 10j actions.

    2. Save bears Avatar
      Save bears

      Based on the current 10(j) the ruling by the Judge, is pretty much moot when it comes to Enforcement Actions, that is addressed in a completely different lawsuit, remember the majority of wolves affected by this ruling are classified as non-essential and experimental..

      That is what I was saying all along, and of course, Ralph you were of the same long as 10(j) stands, there really is not a whole lot that can be done..

      Virtually all of the various strategies being proposed are under the current 10(j) rule…


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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