Wolves are beautiful creatures that should be protected, but a plan by one state could potentially harm these majestic animals. The United States Forest Service and the Idaho Fish and Game Department have been sued by the Western Watersheds Project, Defenders of Wildlife and some other environmental groups. In the latest update about this issue, the Idaho Fish and Game representatives have filed a declaration saying they won’t move forward with their plan immediately.
The government entity was going to have wolves killed by using a hired hunter. The opponents of the plan say that the Wilderness Act, which is a federal act, was violated when the hired hunter was allowed to use a cabin and air strip by the U.S. Forest Service.
As it stands, the plan to kill off wolves has been halted until at least November of next year. This will at least help to keep the wolves in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness for another year.
Going through court proceedings, such as these environmental groups are doing, is one way to try to help wildlife. This case is pending in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals now. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out as the case moves through the court system.
Anyone who is interested in helping to keep the wildlife protected should know the laws pertaining to these matters. Understanding all applicable laws might help you to find a suitable platform for your quest to help keep nature protected from the hazardous ways of some humans.
Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting, “Idaho Suspends Plan For Hired Wolf Hunter” Jul. 29, 2014