Read Ag groups sue California over listing gray wolves as endangered from Capital Press
SACRAMENTO — Two farm groups are suing the state Fish and Game Commission over its 2014 decision to list the gray wolf as endangered in California.
The Pacific Legal Foundation filed the action Jan. 31 in the San Diego superior court on behalf of the California Farm Bureau Federation and California Cattlemen’s Association.
The groups contend the listing was based on flimsy evidence, as it came after a single wolf — OR-7 — wandered into the state in 2011; that regulators undercounted the wolf’s population by looking only at its numbers in California; and that it shouldn’t be covered under California’s Endangered Species Act because it is a non-native species.
The groups further argue the listing, which took effect Jan. 1, puts ranchers’ livestock at risk by taking away what they consider reasonable measures to ward off wolf attacks.