Sunday, October 5, 2008

ESA Part I: Court decision returns Great Lakes wolves endangered status

This past week saw several important developments under the Endangered Species Act. The Miami Herald reported on a court decision that overturned the Bush Administration's attempts to remove wolves in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota from the Endangered Species list. The article notes that the wolves only occupy about 5 percent of their historical range. The decision comes after a similar setback to the administration in the Rockies. The lawsuit was brought by the Humane Society of the United States, Help Our Wolves Live, Born Free USA and Friends of Animals and Their Environment.

The court's decision, available here, held that the text and purpose of the Endangered Species Act did not support the administration's attempt to carve out the Great Lakes wolves and end their protected status.

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