Court Grants Coalition Intervention in Gray Wolf Lawsuit

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Farm Bureau, and other members of a coalition applauded an appeals court decision allowing intervention in a case regarding gray wolves. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will allow the coalition to intervene in the Defenders of Wildlife versus the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and defend the previous administration’s delisting of the gray wolf. “The decision to allow the coalition to intervene in the case demonstrates what we’ve always known: livestock producers deserve to have their voice heard on the delisting of the gray wolf,” says Kaitlynn Glover, executive director of the Public Lands Council. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says when the gray wolf exceeded its recovery goals, it became an Endangered Species Act success story. “With thriving populations, management of species should now be the responsibility of the states, which can best determine appropriate management practices for the gray wolf,” Duvall says.