Judge Paul L. Friedman for the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. accepted a motion by the United States Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation to join in a lawsuit to fight against the Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Protection Institute. These two organizations are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in order to stop the delisting of the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes area.
Back in February, the USFWS removed the wolf from protection in this area as it was deemed to have fully recovered and no longer needed federal protection. Management of the wolf falls into the hands of each state who are required to provide the USFWS with an agreed upon wolf management plan.
USSAF will now join forces with other groups to fight against what they say is HSUS’ and API’s attempt at manipulating the Endangered Species Act in order to achieve their ultimate goal of putting an end to hunting.
â€œAnti-hunters want to exploit some imprecise language that exists in the Endangered Species Act and use the law as a tool to eliminate hunting,â€ said Rick Story, U.S. Sportsmenâ€™s Alliance Foundation senior vice president. â€œAnti-hunters donâ€™t care whether the ESA allowed the once-troubled wolf populations to recover; they strictly want to use the ESA to ban hunting.â€
Others groups the USSAF will be joining to fight for hunter’s rights will be: the National Rifle Association, Safari Club International, Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, and Wisconsin sportsmen Scott Meyer and Robert Stafsholt.