MISSOULA, Mont. (CN) – A dozen environmental groups say Interior Secretary Ken Salazar erroneously designated the northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf as a “distinct population segment” and took it off the Endangered Species List “despite significant threats to wolves’ survival and a lack of regulatory mechanisms to ensure that the wolf population does not plummet well below sustainable levels.”
Plaintiffs – the Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Humane Society of The United States, Center for Biological Diversity, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Friends Of The Clearwater, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Western Watersheds Project, Wildlands Network, and Hells Canyon Preservation Council – want the wolves protected. They are represented in Federal Court by Jenny Harbine with Earthjustice of Bozeman.
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