PLF Challenges “Endangered” Listing of Gray Wolf
PLF’s Director of Communications Harold Johnson speaks with PLF Senior Attorney Damien Schiff, Kirk Wilbur of the California Cattlemen’s Association and Kathy DeForest, a rancher in Modoc County California, about the California’s endangered species listing of the Gray Wolf.
The California Fish and Game Commission has neglected sound scientific analysis, undermined sensible wildlife protections—and violated state law—by unjustifiably adding the gray wolf to the state’s list of “endangered” species.
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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.Read more