Lawsuit against federal wolf-killing in Idaho reinstated by Court of Appeals

An Idaho court’s dismissal of a lawsuit challenging Wildlife Services’ wolf-killing in the state was overturned on Tuesday by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The lawsuit states the improper analysis of environmental harm caused by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s campaign against killing wolves. It also considers the impacts of the federal killing program in context with Idaho states management of the wolf population.

“This lawsuit is all about dispelling the myths and propaganda about the ‘big, bad wolf’ and getting federal agencies to acknowledge the overwhelming scientific evidence that killing wolves to reduce livestock losses or increase populations of hunted wildlife is cruel, pointless, and doesn’t work,” said Talasi Brooks, attorney with Western Watersheds project.

The wildlife-killing program killed 1.3 million native animals nationwide in 2017, according to a statement by the Center for Bioligical Diversity.

“Efforts to conserve wolves have never been more important,” said Lindsay Larris, wildlife program director at WildEarth Guardians.

“With the changes in wolf management that have occurred since Wildlife Services last considered its activities’ impacts, we have to ask ourselves, did we recover wolves just to wipe them out again?”

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