By Lars Dalseide | June 18 2012 13:36

Grey wolves have been removed from State and Federal Endangered Species List's Justin McDaniel follows the Congressional delisting of grey wolves from Montana, Idaho and portions of Oregon, Utah and Washington State's endangered species list:

Deadline Passes for Wolf Appeal; Litigation Ends

Wolf litigation still underway in the western states Years of litigation over the delisting of most recovered gray wolves in the Northern Rock Mountains has ended.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in March affirmed the constitutionality of Congress’ removal of wolves in Montana, Idaho and portions of Oregon, Utah and Washington State from the federal Endangered Species List. The 90-day deadline to appeal that decision passed quietly this week with no action from plaintiff animal rights and anti-hunting groups.

“A lawsuit that began in 2011 in Judge Donald Molloy’s courtroom in Missoula, Mont., following the Congressional delisting, is finally over—and conservation has prevailed,” said David Allen, president and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), one of many conservation and pro-hunting organizations that advocated for the delisting. “No appeals paperwork had been filed by end of the day on June 12, so the Ninth Circuit’s decision is absolutely final.”

NRA, Safari Club International, RMEF and other pro-hunting groups intervened in the case to support the Congressional delisting action and advocate for science-based wolf management.

The fact that no appeal was filed means that the case will not advance to the U.S. Supreme Court, and management authority of wolves will remain with the states.

Wolf Hunt Updates: Preparations for the 2012-2013 wolf seasons are already underway in Montana and Idaho.

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