Less Bangs for Your Buck: Bush Administration Loses Effort to De-List and Allow Hunting of Gray Wolves

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy has stopped the controversial hunt for gray wolves in Montana, granting a preliminary injunction restoring the wolves to the endangered list. Given the need to show a likelihood to prevail on the merits, it is an important ruling for environmentalists. The planned hunt was endorsed by the ironically named Ed Bangs, a federal biologist who declared the decision to delist wolves as “a very biologically sound package.” Obviously, a neutral federal judge disagreed with Bangs’ view.


There are only around 2,000 gray wolves in the three state area and officials wanted to allow hunters to kill 500 of them.

The decision was viewed as critical to reestablishing a domestic and stable population of wolves. The Administration is expected to continue to fight to re-start the hunt, but usually a preliminary injunction reflects the likely outcome on the final merits.

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29 thoughts on “Less Bangs for Your Buck: Bush Administration Loses Effort to De-List and Allow Hunting of Gray Wolves”

  1. “Nothing worse on God’s green planet than animal worshippers.”

    I’m now convinced Martha H is really just a genius piece of Satir

    The only people who would have had enough money to get a Wolf License are likely to be friends with Bush and Dick “Hunting is shooting birds just released from a cage” Cheney.

  2. Yeah, I thought the guy was kidding me when he first told me. She was on a camping trip in Montana or Wyoming. Somewhere in the mountains. She was with friends and they were attacked. I didn’t ask for too many of the details and he didn’t seem too interested in going into it in depth. Sorry about the sad story.

  3. rafflaw:

    That is terrible. I cannot even imagine that kind of horror. Wow!

  4. I worked with a guy in a Title Insurance office years ago whose sister was killed out west by a Grizzly Bear. Horrible story. Very sad.

  5. rafflaw
    1, July 19, 2008 at 7:16 pm
    We only have the coyotes here in Northern Illinois. Some Fox also, but no bears or wolves. Too many Republicans, though.

    Well I was just kidding about that northern stuff rafflaw, I’m from New York.

    Just pointing out that theres never been a single, documented case of a Gray Wolf killing a human being anywhere in Northern America, in modern history.

    Contrast that to the fact that there are plenty of cases of Bears killing human beings in Northern America, and one can clearly see the ridiculous nature of Martha’s fear mongering over the Gray Wolf.

    The Gray Wolf hasn’t killed one single human in North America. Not one. So people like Martha are just toting the Presidents water for him.

    Nothing more.

  6. We only have the coyotes here in Northern Illinois. Some Fox also, but no bears or wolves. Too many Republicans, though.

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