18 March 2011 Wolf Weekly Wrap-up Posted by: John Motsinger | 5 comments | Share: (Sorry for the short post this week. It’s been a very busy couple days in the wolf world…) Wolf settlement reached in Northern Rockies – Defenders and nine other conservation groups reached a settlement agreement with the Interior Department regarding wolf recovery and management in the Northern Rockies. The settlement was filed for approval with a U.S. Federal District Court in Montana. (read the full press release here) Though not a perfect solution, this settlement allows wolf delisting in the two states with approved wolf management plans (Montana and Idaho) to move forward, while retaining protections for the most vulnerable wolves in the Northern Rockies. The settlement also offers a workable solution to the increasingly polarized debate over wolves without resorting to legislation that would be bad for wolves, the ESA and countless other species. This agreement adopts a scientific approach – including monitoring of the status of wolves and independent scientific review – to ensure that states maintain healthy wolf populations. If approved, it will be up to the states to hold up their end of the bargain and manage wolves responsibly and sustainably as they do for other wildlife. Great wolf videos – Ralph Maughan, a professor of political science at Idaho State University, took some time to explain the nature of the ongoing wolf debate in the Northern Rockies. In his view, wolves have been a pivotal issue because they bring out core social values about life in the West. This video explains the tactics used by anti-wolf extremists to stir up even more controversy. Our very own Rocky Mountain Director Mike Leahy also appeared on Aljazeera recently in a story about wolves in and around Yellowstone. Jump to the 2-minute mark to hear him explain why conservation groups are still fighting to protect wolves. 5 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap-up” Mike March 19th, 2011 Leaving it up to the States to regulate? Not good, since they already proved the Local officials and it’s citizens care less about Wolves, or the laws! Open National debate needs to be held so those that feel total eradication of wolves or any wildlife are made to openly explain their misinformation. This way ALL can see their greed come through. Sorry, more needs to be done! Robert Hoskins March 19th, 2011 Thanks DOW, for selling out wolves in Idaho and Montana … again. Jeremiah March 19th, 2011 Thank you for keeping us up to date. The Al Jazeera report unfortunately left a lot unsaid, leaving the audience mis-informed again. Rick Roder March 20th, 2011 Thank you for fighting for a reasonable solution to what could have been a reprehensible worst case scenario. Deborah March 21st, 2011 This breaks my heart. You know what will happen to the wolves in Montana and Idaho, don’t you? They will be slaughtered. I can’t believe this was the only alternative. I believe in this organization with all my heart, but this compromise leaves me sick at heart. Perhaps the whole re-introduction thing was a mistake and unrealistic. What is the purpose if they are now going to be hunted into extinction once again? Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Safety Pens Mean Peace of Mind in Panther Country For Floridians who live alongside Florida panthers, coexistence means finding ways to protect both their beloved pets and these critically endangered cats. Building an enclosure is a great solution, especially for backyard animals. It’s Time to Act for Right Whales Years after they agreed to expand critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales, we’re still waiting on NMFS to follow through. So we took to the courts to get this much-needed protection in place. How Should We Honor Earth Day? America has many worldwide firsts in conservation: we were the first nation to establish a national park, the first to create a national wildlife refuge, the first to approve a law protecting endangered species and the first to create a national day dedicated to conservation, Earth Day. But today, we are experiencing another period of crisis in America’s commitment to conservation. When did conservation become a polarizing political issue, when it has been, for the past century, a defining characteristic of American values and the American spirit?