The war of Wyoming on its gray wolves is over as a federal judge has reinstated protection for them against on-sight shooting that was allowed by the 2012 statewide Endangered Species Act delisting of gray wolves by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Earthjustice reported the news as a victory for wolves in Wyoming, quoting attorney Tim Preso as, “Wolves were treated as vermin under state management.” Defenders of Wildlife President and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark called the delisting of gray wolves “a violation of federal law under Obama administration” and stressed that wolves should remain protected for being endangered until their population fully recovers.
The Washington Post notes that Wyoming’s governor has expressed disappointment over the federal judge’s ruling. But for animal rights, it’s a great decision and the judge is to be thanked for this act of kindness toward the victims of state massacre.