January 13, 2016

California’s gray wolf listing takes a bite out of common sense on Courting Liberty

By California’s gray wolf listing takes a bite out of common sense on Courting Liberty

The state’s new “endangered” listing for the gray wolf is bad science and bad law—as well as bad for ranchers, farmers, and the communities that depend on them in far Northern California. PLF Director of Communications Harold Johnson hosts the comprehensive discussion with PLF Principal Attorney Damien Schiff.

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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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