Federal Court in Boise Will Hold Hearing Thursday on Idaho Wolf Trapping

BOISE, Idaho—Federal Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale will hear arguments Thursday about whether to halt wolf trapping in Idaho to protect grizzly bears. Grizzly bears are protected as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and wolf trapping risks killing or harming them.

What: Federal court hearing on a lawsuit challenging Idaho wolf trapping and its risks to grizzly bears.

When: 9:30 a.m. MST, Thursday, Jan. 4.

Where: James A. McClure Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Courtroom 7, 440 W. Fort St., Boise, Idaho.

Media availability: Representatives from conservation groups will be available in person, and by phone before and after the hearing.

Background
Thirteen conservation groups sued the state of Idaho in 2021 challenging its extreme wolf-trapping rules, which facilitate the slaughter of Idaho’s gray wolves. The lawsuit says continued and expanded wolf trapping and snaring will injure and kill federally protected grizzly bears. The loss of even a few of these ecologically important predators could significantly hamper their recovery in Idaho and violates the Endangered Species Act.

Contacts:

Mary Cochenour, Earthjustice, (406) 325-7331, [email protected]

Dana Johnson, Wilderness Watch, (208) 310-7003,

[email protected]

Suzanne Asha Stone, The International Wildlife Coexistence Network,

(208) 861-5177, [email protected]

Andrea Zaccardi, Center for Biological Diversity, (303) 854-7748,

[email protected]

Erik Molvar, Western Watersheds Project, (307) 399-7910,

[email protected]

KC York, Trap Free Montana, (406) 218-1170, [email protected]

Nicholas Arrivo, Humane Society of the United States, (202) 961-9446,

[email protected]

Jessica Karjala, Footloose Montana, (406) 880-9594,

[email protected]

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