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Sharpshooters but Not Wolves in Rocky Mountain National Park?

Date
September 17, 2012
Contact
Wendy Keefover 303 573-4898 x1162
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Monday, September 17, 2012
Sharpshooters but Not Wolves in Rocky Mountain National Park?

WildEarth Guardians to Argue that Wolves Should be Restored
Contact: Wendy Keefover 303 573-4898 x1162

Boulder, Colo. – This Thursday, the Tenth CircuitCourt of Appeals will hear oral argument in WildEarth Guardians’ appealchallenging the National Park Services’ refusal to consider to restore wolvesto Rocky Mountain National Park to manage burgeoning elk populations, and itsdecision to use sharpshooters to kill elk in place of wolves.

“Wolves keep elk herds vigilant and mobile every day, whilehuman sharp shooters will not even begin to have those ecological effects,”said Wendy Keefover of WildEarth Guardians. “The business of allowing midnightsharp shooters to skulk around in a national park is absurd,” she added.

The hearing is scheduled at the University of ColoradoSchool of Law (Wittemyer Courtroom) on September 20 at 9:00am. Every year,the Court moves its hearings to law schools in its region as part of a “Benchand Bar Week.”

The Park Service recognized the need to manage overpopulatedelk in Rocky Mountain National Park in its December 2007 Elk and VegetationManagement Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement, but it failed to considera wolf reintroduction to better control elk herds. The agency’s failure toanalyze a wolf option not only violates federal planning mandates, its decisionto use sharpshooters also violates the agency’s organic act that establishedthe Park Service as an agency that is supposed to prioritize conservation.

“Wolves keep fragile stream communities healthy. The plantsand a whole host of fauna – from fish to frogs to song birds to moose –will thrivein the presence of wolves,” Keefover affirmed. “Added to that, wolves excel atkeeping elk herds healthy by preying upon the weak and sick,” she remarked.

WildEarth Guardians is represented by the University ofDenver Sturm College of Law Environmental Law Clinic. Professor Mike Harrisheads the clinic; however, a student, Jenni Barnes, will argue the case before thepanel of judges.

Ms. Barnes, a third year law student, recently finished inthe finals of the Pace National Environmental Moot Court Competition. She beatout 74 other schools.

A press conference will follow the hearing. An ambassadorwolf may be in attendance.

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“Wolves keep elk herds vigilant and mobile every day, while human sharp shooters will not even begin to have those ecological effects,” said Wendy Keefover of WildEarth Guardians. “The business of allowing midnight sharp shooters to skulk around in a national park is absurd,” she added.
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