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Northern Rockies wolves lose protection - what it means

Apr 14, 2011
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A compromise budget bill just passed contained a rider that strips federal Endangered Species Act protections from Northern Rockies wolves. Wolves in the eastern third of Washington have lost federal protection; wolves west of there, namely the Lookout Pack, are not affected by the new law.

Northern Rockies wolves lose protection - what it means

Young wolf pups in Pend Oreille. The bill strips their protection under the federal ESA. Photo DNR 2009

A compromise budget bill just passed strips federal Endangered Species Act protections from Northern Rockies wolves.

Thank you to everyone who made phone calls to our Senators and the White House urging them to oppose this harmful rider. Unfortunately, the budget bill passed with the anti-wolf rider attached.

For Washington's wolves, newly returning to our state, this means that wolves in the eastern third of Washington have lost federal protection; wolves west of there, namely the Lookout Pack, are not affected by the new law.

Washington State-level protections remain for the Salmo and Diamond Packs, which are listed as state endangered. The state law "protects endangered species from hunting, possession, malicious harassment, and killing, with penalties described ...." It also specifies state listing and delisting procedures for endangered, threatened, and sensitive species in Washington.

Conservation Northwest is part of a Wolf Working Group developing a Washington conservation, management, and recovery plan for Washington's wolves. The final state plan is expected this summer.

Keep up to date on the state wolf management plan this summer: Sign up for email alerts.
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