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Tenth Circuit Court Upholds Wolf Reintroductions

Michael J. Bean

Environmental Defense Fund, 1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 1016, Washington, D.C. 20009;


A recent federal appellate court decision has upheld the introduction of "experimental popula-tions" of wolves in two areas of the Northern Rockies. The court held that the fact that a few naturally occurring wolves may be present in the areas designated for the experimental releases does not bar the government from using the authority of Section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act. The decision removes potential uncertainty about the government’s authority to establish experimental populations of other species.

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Looking ahead-FWS reintroductions upheld under Section 10(j)
of the Endangered Species Act. (Photo Courtesy of Wolf Park.)

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