Wolf Delisting Included in New Federal Budget Bill
A few important wolf management issues developed over the weekend. First Judge Donald Molloy rejected the settlement offer between the Department of the Interior and wolf advocates that would have delisted wolves in Montana and Idaho. Then it appears that Idaho's Mike Simpson was able to get his wolf delisting rider into the budget bill that was negotiated late on Friday. The Bellingham Herald has a write up about both developments.
Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson got his rider delisting wolves in Idaho and Montana into the budget bill that prevented the government shutdown Friday. And it came just in time. On Saturday, U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy of Missoula rejected a settlement between 10 environmental groups and the Obama administration that would have removed wolves from the endangered-species list and allowed Idaho and Montana to resume state management of wolf populations — which included hunting seasons.