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NRA Granted Intervenor Status in Wolf Delisting Challenge

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has been granted intervenor status by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in the legal challenge to the delisting of wolves from the Endangered Species Act in Montana, Idaho and portions of Oregon, Utah and Washington State. Anti-hunting groups continue to fight the NRA’s efforts to defend the interests of its members and the hunting community.

“Being granted intervenor status is of paramount importance to the future of wildlife conservation. NRA and SCI are seeking to fully represent the interests of hunters in this litigation,” said Chris W. Cox. “Our fight for the complete delisting of gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act will remain a top priority.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well as numerous biologists and wildlife experts have been calling for the delisting of wolves for years. It is time for science-based wildlife management to trump emotion in wildlife management. The NRA will continue to fight for the delisting and state-based management of gray wolves, both in Congress and the courts.

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