The congressional amendment that resulted in gray wolves being removed from the Endangered Species Act and swung the door back open for a hunting season will be challenged one more time in a federal courtroom Tuesday, July 26.
The Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians are challenging the congressional action, which was co-sponsored by Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson. The groups claim Congress overstepped the U.S. Constitution's separation of powers doctrine when it ordered the delisting.
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy will hear from the complainants, as well as attorneys for the U.S. Department of Interior in support of the delisting. In August 2010, Molloy ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had acted improperly by delisting wolves. But April's congressional action superseded the move by rewriting the law.