It Amazes me that Wallowa County Commissioner Susan Roberts doesnt seem to think Wolves were there first! Typical statement from an Official that has the Cattlemens influence! Sorry but she is just PLAIN IGNORANT!
Three environmental groups have petitioned the Oregon Court of Appeals to review Oregon’s recent decision to remove the gray wolf from the state’s endangered species list. Oregon Wild, The Center for Biological Diversity and Cascadia Wildlands filed the legal challenge Wednesday. The commission voted to delist the wolf in a 4-2 decision on Nov. 9.
The groups cited several reasons for the challenge, including accusations that the state violated its own statutes in making the decision.
Rob Klavins, Northeast Oregon Field Coordinator for Oregon Wild, said the decision to seek legal recourse was made with great reluctance.
“We made every effort to avoid having to go to court,” Klavins said. “We spent a lot of time and effort to come to agreements to solve everyone’s problems and allow wolf recovery to stay on track.”
According to Klavins, the state put off a legally mandated review of the Oregon Wolf Plan, pushed for delisting and ignored the opinions of independent scientists and the wishes of thousands of Oregonians in its decision.
“The fundamental part of the legal challenge is that the state has to follow its own laws and rules. They broke the law in the decision and the way they made the decision.”
Local cattleman and head of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Wolf Task Force Todd Nash wasn’t surprised by the challenge.
“It’s predictable,” Nash said. “I’m surprised it took as long as it did.”
Nash said he hoped pending legislation in the Oregon Legislature would stop such legal challenges.
“I would just as soon not engage in this lawsuit if we don’t have to.”
Wallowa County Commissioner Susan Roberts also wasn’t surprised.
“As we’ve gone through this process with the Oregon Wolf Plan, prior to wolves being on the landscape, the ranchers and everyone else has tried to follow the plan and each step have tried their best to be compliant,” Roberts said. “We would wish that folks who agreed with that from the beginning were sticking with it.”
Source: Wallowa County Chieftain