SCI Joins Defense of Gray Wolf Delisting  

May 30, 2007

Washington, D.C. – Safari Club International heads to court to defend the rights of sportsmen and women in the Great Lakes region.

On May 30, 2007, a D.C. federal court granted SCI's Motion to Intervene in defense of a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's rule removing gray wolves of the Western Great Lakes from the endangered species list.

SCI's participation will involve collaboration with the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association. This powerful team of sportsmen’s groups has been given full party status in the litigation.

The federal court also rejected the animal rights groups’ attempt to limit the briefing that SCI will be allowed to submit in support of delisting.

SCI President Ralph Cunningham said, “the court's ruling today paves the way for SCI to lend its knowledge and expertise to the defense of an important step in wolf recovery. SCI will help the court understand that the Endangered Species Act was designed to acknowledge the recovery of species and to return management of recovered species to the states.”

Ken Schwartz
Governmental Affairs and
Communications Manager
(202) 543-8733


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