The Wolf War: Delisting Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains
Posted: 29 Mar 2010
This paper will analyze the recent litigation in Defenders of Wildlife v. Secretary of Interior. This is the third case regarding the reintroduction and delisting of wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This case, which has occurred during the Bush and Obama administrations, involves issues of statutory interpretation, judicial review of administrative decision making,federalism, and public policy. The paper argues that the Secretary of Interior has the legal authority to remove the ESA protection from this distinct population segment of gray wolves. The current delisting proposal, however, violates the ESA because it treats the Wyoming wolf population different from the Idaho and Montana wolf populations.
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