Four wolves killed in Upper Green
by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
September 14, 2009
WYOMING WOLF WEEKLY- September 7 through September 11, 2009
Delisting Litigation Status
A hearing of the preliminary injunction request was held in Federal Court in Missoula, MT on August 31. Oral arguments were heard from the plaintiffs, U.S. Department of Interior, Montana, and Idaho. On September 8, the Federal Court denied the preliminary injunction motion filed by Defenders of Wildlife and others to stop the 2009 regulated gray wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana. However, in issuing his order, the judge indicated that his preliminary review of the overall delisting case raised questions about Serviceís approach of conferring ESA protections to a "significant portion of the range" of a species, as opposed to designating the entire species as a threatened or endangered species. The Service will carefully evaluate the courtís order and confer with the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice to determine any appropriate next steps.
Nothing to report at this time.
On 8/31/09, WY Wildlife Services confined a yearling steer was killed in the Upper Green River drainage, north of Pinedale, WY. The Green River Pack has a chronic history of livestock depredation and has killed >4 cattle this summer. The pack Control was completed on 9/4/09 when Wildlife Services removed 4 wolves.
On 8/31/09, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife authorized removal of two wolves in Baker County after five separate livestock depredation that killed a total of 27 sheep [all lambs], 1 goat, and 1 calf on 2 private ranches since April 10. One wolf was radio-collared in response to earlier depredations. Monitoring indicated that the only wolves involved were just 2 yearling non-breeders that were not associated with a pack. On September 5, two wolves [male and female non-breeding yearlings] were killed by WS.