Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) Portrait

SEATTLE (AP) — Wolf advocates seeking to halt the Washington Department Fish and Wildlife from shooting wolves to protect livestock have suffered another legal setback.

The Capital Press reports King County Superior Court Judge John McHale on Friday dismissed claims that Fish and Wildlife’s lethal-control policy violates the State Environmental Policy Act.

McHale’s ruling mirrored one in November by a Thurston County judge presiding over a similar lawsuit in Washington state.

Fish and Wildlife wolf policy lead Donny Martorello said the department prefers to develop wolf policy outside courtrooms and that this decision lets them continue to do that.

Jonathon Bashford, an attorney for the wolf advocates who brought the lawsuit, said they are reviewing the ruling and exploring their options.

Wolf advocates and environmental groups alleged that Fish and Wildlife should have subjected its lethal-control policy on wolves to a formal environmental review, a process that can take two or more years.

While that claim has been dismissed, the lawsuits remain alive. Each also alleges the department has acted arbitrarily in killing wolves.

The King County lawsuit targets the department’s removal last summer of the OPT pack in the Kettle River Range in northeast Washington.

(4) comments

TaxMonkey

Wolves need to be re-eradicated!

Desert Dweller

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then. Hooray for the cattlemen!!

JohnQPublic

Excellent. When wolves hit their recovery goals, turn them back over to the states to manage the populations. Then, open up hunting. We all know that hunting = conservation. Why? Because no one pays to look at wildlife - it's free. That money comes from hunters/fishers.

opinionscrossroad

A King County Judge ruled in favor of farmers --- Shocking!!... NAAAAHHHH I'm going to go with He ruled that the government knows best..

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