Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Mule Deer Foundation Applauds Wolf Decision
Salt Lake City, Utah - The Mule Deer Foundation applauds the US Fish and Wildlife Service for delisting Wolves in Wyoming. After years of legal challenges by extreme environmental groups to their wolf management plan, Wyoming can now manage wolves within the state. The delisting follows Congressional action that delisted wolves in Idaho and Montana. Miles Moretti, MDF President/CEO, states "Finally Wyoming can be in charge of managing wolves within their borders. Despite efforts by extreme environmental groups, Wyoming's management plan has won the day. Governor Mead and US Fish & Wildlife Director Dan Ashe are to be commended for coming together and finding common ground on the wolf delisting."
Wolf recovery in the Rocky Mountains has been a long exhausting process. Despite the fact that wolf numbers far exceeded the USFWS' recovery goals and sound science supported delisting, environmental groups challenged process and policy in the courts. "Wolf numbers in Idaho and Montana increased by 15% last year despite a hunting season in both states." stated Moretti.
The Mule Deer Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non- profit organization based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The mission of MDF is to ensure the conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitat. Visit www.muledeer.org