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Idaho Not Resuming Wolf-Killing In the Frank Church Wilderness This Winter

“A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain. An area of wilderness is further defined to mean in this Act an area of undeveloped Federal land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural condition…” ~ The Wilderness Act of 1964’s definition of “wilderness”

The Forest Service has notified us that Idaho will not resume wolf-killing in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness during the 2015-2016 winter. See this letter from the Forest Service with the formal announcement. 

This comes in response to a lawsuit Earthjustice brought on behalf of long-time Idaho wilderness advocate Ralph Maughan along with four conservation groups — Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project, Wilderness Watch, and the Center for Biological Diversity. 

Read more from Earthjustice here.