Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Conservationists sue to stop USDA from killing protected Washington wolves
Wolves in the region are protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, "but the population in eastern Washington was stripped in 2011 of federal, but not state, protections, along with wolves in Idaho and Montana," Zuckerman writes. "The wolf that was killed in eastern Washington was one of just three breeding females in the state, where there are 13 confirmed packs, according to U.S. wildlife managers."
The lawsuit against USDA, which refused to comment about the incident, "comes just weeks after conservationists asked a federal judge in Idaho to find Wildlife Services violated federal law while killing wolves, foxes and other predators in that state," Zuckerman writes.