Wilderness Act Used to Overrule helicopter-elk-collaring project in Idaho: Wilderness vs. collars.
Wilderness Watch and Earthjustice succeeded in a case with a Federal judge ruling that their elk-collaring project using helicopters in the Frank Church-River of No Return must be ceased. Underlying the project is the intention of Idaho to kill wolves in order to boost elk numbers. Many of the most controversial and successful court cases by conservationists have involved the Endangered Species Act but this is a case where the intrusion of helicopters into the wilderness employed the Wilderness Act as the basis of the case. This case reminds me of Dave Foreman’s contention that while seeing wild bear and other carnivores was the essence of wilderness, that a collared bear did “nothing for him.” See the report on the case at: https://wildernesswatch.org/victory-for-river-of-no-return-wilderness-and-its-wildlife
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