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NRA Intervenes In Lawsuit To Defend Wolf Delisting

Friday, May 2, 2008

NRA moved today with other sportsmens’ organizations to intervene in a federal lawsuit with significant implications on the hunting community.  Radical anti-hunting groups like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) filed suit to overturn the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to remove the northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf from the Endangered Species List.  This delisting is a long-overdue decision that would finally allow Montana, Wyoming and Idaho to manage wolves through regulated hunting. 

The original delisting goals were 300 wolves with 30 breeding pairs.  Today, there are 1500 wolves and 100 breeding pairs with the population increasing at 24 percent annually.  As a result, it is critical to implement regulated hunting in order to restore a balance between predator and prey. 

The radical anti-hunting groups know that excessive wolf predation of elk, deer and moose reduces hunting opportunities in the region, something that will lead to a decline in the number of hunters.  This furthers their effort to ultimately see that all hunting ends in America.

The NRA moved immediately to join the fight to defeat these radicals and allow scientific game management practices to prevail by petitioning the federal court for intervenor status in the case.  This will allow the NRA to actively participate in the defense of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to remove the wolves from the Endangered Species Act.  Our hunting heritage will be jeopardized if the animal “rights” extremists are allowed to dictate wildlife management practices.

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