WWP lawsuit dismissed
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
January 31, 2011
Idaho federal judge Lynn Winmill issued an order declaring that the Western Watersheds Project and Wolf Recovery Foundation lack standing to sue USDA Wildlife Services over the agency’s killing of wolves in Idaho without conducting analysis under federal law.
Standing requires that the party show actual injury, that is traceable to the defendant, and that is likely to be redressed by a favorable decision. The court noted that even if Wildlife Services was ordered to halt its killing of wolves, both the Idaho Fish and Game Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were authorized to continue to kill wolves at the time of the lawsuit.
The decision noted: "Thus, under the circumstances existing at the time suit was filed, an injunction banning Wildlife Services from killing wolves would not stop the IDFG from conducting the same activity. In other words, plaintiffs’ alleged injury – the killing of wolves – would not be redressed by the relief they seek in this lawsuit."