Echo, a gray wolf who made an epic 500-mile journey in
search of a mate, became the first wolf to visit the Grand Canyon in 70 years.
In less than a few months she was gunned down by a hunter whose crime went
unpunished because of an unjust policy.
of WildEarth Guardians, that policy no longer exists.
Our lawsuit challenged and overturned the Government’s nearly
20-year-old McKittrick Policy, which required authorities to prove a hunter knew
s/he was shooting an animal protected by the Endangered Species Act before being
now on, hunters must exercise care and restraint when hunting in the habitat of
endangered species. Now, when hunters shoot first and ask
questions later the government can prosecute them if they kill imperiled
species, including Mexican wolves and grizzly bears.
The Court ruled: “… that killing wildlife is not an entirely
innocent act because a killer is knowingly engaged in a lethal activity, using
a deadly device, which places him or her in a position of responsibility in
relation to the public. Congress placed the burden to know the identity of the
wildlife species being killed on the killer.”
While we celebrate this victory,
the fight is far from over.
of the Endangered Species Act, like the Safari Club International and their
band of trophy hunters, are working to dismantle this landmark conservation law.
Please stand with us as we defend the Endangered Species Act and ensure that
the deaths of animals like Echo do not go unpunished.
For the wild,
P.S. Read more about this significant victory for wolves
and whooping cranes, grizzlies and other imperiled species here.
photo: John Iwanski, Creative Commons, Flickr