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 user 2005-08-23 at 7:05:00 am Views: 84
  • #12630

    Judge Orders Northeast Wolf Restoration

    The ruling covers the restoration of the gray wolf in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York state.        

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (Aug. 05)
    - A federal judge Friday ordered the Bush administration to step up
    efforts to restore the gray wolf to four northeastern states, a ruling
    environmentalists called a major victory.

    “The wolves are howlin”‘ in celebration, said Patrick Parenteau, director of the environmental law clinic at Vermont Law School.

    Judge J. Garvan Murtha found that the Department of the Interior
    violated federal law in 2003 when it issued a rule saying no further
    efforts to restore the wolf were needed. The ruling covers Maine, New
    Hampshire, Vermont and New York state.

    Efforts to restore wolves had been successful in Minnesota, Wisconsin
    and Michigan. The government wanted to lump those states in with the
    Northeast in a new, 21-state eastern region, and declare that enough
    had been done to restore wolf populations throughout the eastern United

    Anthony Tur, a Fish and Wildlife Service field officer in Concord,
    N.H., said the agency’s headquarters in Washington would decide whether
    to appeal the ruling.

    He questioned the push to build gray wolf populations in the Northeast
    on two fronts, saying it wasn’t clear that the public would support
    such a move and there was dispute in the scientific community about
    whether gray wolves ever populated the region.

    Environmental groups, including the National Wildlife Federation and
    state groups in Vermont, Maine and New York, joined in the lawsuit.
    They argued that good wolf habitats exist in northern Maine and in New
    York’s Adirondack Mountains, and that northern Vermont and New
    Hampshire likely would become an important corridor for wolves
    migrating between those two habitats.

    Parenteau, lead attorney in the case, said his students “did all the
    hard labor in the case. It’s a nice victory for our students.”