Sportsmen’s Alliance Presents Oral Arguments in Wolf Case

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Sportsmen's Alliance Presents Oral Arguments in Wolf Case
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USA – -(Ammoland.com)- On Oct. 18 2016, attorneys for the Sportsmen’s Alliance, the federal government and the state of Michigan presented oral arguments in their appeal of the ongoing Great Lakes wolf case.

Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota were joined by other states in support of the appeal.

In December 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed wolves from the list of endangered and threatened species, restoring management oversight of the species to Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Unhappy with that delisting, and the subsequent possibility for a wolf hunt, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) sued.

The Humane Society of the United Stateslawsuit sought to return wolves to Endangered Species Act protections.

Despite overwhelming evidence that wolves are not only recovered, but thriving, in the Western Great Lakes region, in Dec. 2014, a Washington, D.C.-based, U.S. District Court Judge ruled that until the apex predators were deemed recovered throughout their entire historic range – which means from New York City to San Francisco – they could not be delisted.

The Sportsmen’s Alliance and the federal and state governments appealed this ruling.

“Under the lower court’s ruling, it doesn’t matter that wolf numbers in the Great Lakes states are two or three times higher than the recovery goals adopted by the federal government in the 1990s. The ruling by the lower court means that until wolves are found in Chicago, Seattle and New York, wolves cannot be managed appropriately by state wildlife experts in the Great Lakes states,” said Evan Heusinkveld, president and CEO of Sportsmen’s Alliance.

“The ruling makes absolutely no sense, is legally and factually incorrect, and spells disaster for the future of the Endangered Species Act, wildlife and our entire ecosystem, which is why we’re appealing it.”

With arguments heard, the court will evaluate the legal merits of both sides. A ruling could come as early as the end of the year.

Joining the Sportsmen’s Alliance in the appeal of the lower court’s decision are Safari Club International, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, National Rifle Association, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Wisconsin Bowhunters Association, Upper Peninsula Bear Houndsmen Association and the Michigan Hunting Dog Federation.

 

About the Sportsmen's Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance is a 501 (c) 4 organization that protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization that supports the same mission through public education, legal defense and research.  Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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    Colonialgirl
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    How about stocking New York’s CENTRAL PARK with a bunch of wolves, introduce them into ALL the National Parks in New England AND the Judges Neighborhood in Washington , DC.
    Sounds fair and balanced to me as well as ecological sensible.

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    crazy loon of a “judge” (read: bought and paid for political activist in a black bathrobe) fails to realise that THAT particular species of worl never was out here in the west, and cERTAINLY not back in New York. Let this loon of a judge issue a mandate to relocate about three dozen of these wolves into the more populated sections of New York City, Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Los Angeles, and see how well they compete with the indigenous population in those places. That wolf is the same one artificially and illegally introduced into the Pacific Northwest to “replace” the… Read more »

    Junk Bin
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    Junk Bin

    another reason to vote trump in and start clearing out judges with cranial rectal impaction

    RonH
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    RonH

    Another case of big brother federal government telling the little brother state government how to run his state. Another bloated federal bureaucracy. Hopefully, our next president will say “your Fired”.

    Herb
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    Herb

    It would seem that natural predation is the correct coarse of action. Humans killing wolves seems natural enough. Let the shooting begin and tell the HSUS where to go and what to do when they get there. Ditto ignorant activist judges.

    KSM
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    KSM

    They never should have been RE introduced in the first place !! They were a problem way back in the past and are now a problem once again. I could say the same for Coyotes !!

    d bohn
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    d bohn

    Insane Judge, needs a straight jacket and needs to be placed in a Insane Asylum forever for his her own good.
    Condors are endangered, Wolves are becoming a cancer to the environment, and will KILL it’s host.