January 5, 2016

Gray wolf protections spell trouble for ranchers

By Damien M. Schiff Senior Attorney

Last month’s decision by the California Fish & Game Commission to protect the gray wolf under the California Endangered Species Act raises significant legal and policy questions. Check out this oped in The Sacramento Bee for more reasons why the Commission’s decision is the wrong one.

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California Cattlemen’s Association v. California Fish and Game Commission

Based on the sighting of a lone non-native gray wolf in California, the state Fish and Game Commission listed the gray wolf species under the California Endangered Species Act, effective January 1, 2017. On behalf of the California Cattlemen’s Association, the California Farm Bureau Federation, and their members, PLF sued to invalidate this illegal listing, which protects a non-native species at the expense of native species, ignores the growing wolf populations outside California, and upends a multi-year collaborative process among government, environmental, and ranching interests to balance wolf protection with livestock protection. 

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