This month NRDC and a coalition of conservation groups announced a legal challenge to the recent delisting of wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains from the Endangered Species list. The Department of the Interior will now have to defend its decision to allow killings of wolves in Montana and Idaho, despite science that shows the need for a national wolf recovery plan recognizing the need for large populations of wolves capable of moving across state borders. The ecological benefits of improved wolf populations, plus the economic benefits of the related increase in tourism, have been highly evident in the region since the wolves first starting making a comeback, but the renewed vulnerability due to proposed hunts threatens to undo the hard-fought achievements (see more information
). NRDC’s Louisa Wilcox, Andrew Wetzler and Sylvia Fallon have all been instrumental on this issue.
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