Day 2, 3:18 p.m. | U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Talks Wolves with ATA Members
Daniel Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, discussed the status of timber-wolf management during a Wednesday breakfast meeting with several ATA Board members and Miles Moretti, president/CEO at Mule Deer Foundation; and David Allen, president/CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.Mitch King, ATA director of government relations, moderated the meeting. Ashe said he's optimistic that environmental groups won't file a lawsuit to halt the wolf's removal from the federal Endangered Species List in the Great Lakes states, which will take effect Jan. 27. In the past, groups opposing wolf delisting typically filed "intent to file suit" notices soon after the F&WS announced its intention to delist wolves, which the F&WS did in late December.
By delisting wolves, the federal government allows state wildlife agencies to take over wolf-management work, which can include hunting and trapping seasons. Allen said it's important for hunters to seek aggressive wolf-control plans while stressing they do not favor eliminating wolves. "You don't want to get the wolves below the state's population goal or else they'll go right back on the Endangered Species List, and then you'll lose state control again," Allen said.
— Patrick Durkin
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