Judge Delays Wolf Kill Pt 1
Representative Joel Kretz says the ruling undercuts years of hard work ...
KRETZ ... "It's a huge setback. You know, we've spent seven years since the Wolf Plan came out in 2011. A lot of people from all walks of life, both ranchers, rural communities, county commissioners, environmental groups, hunting groups have worked on this Wolf Plan and we came up with a lot of ideas on how to make wolf recovery work."
The talks resulted in a set of rules that Kretz says aren't perfect ...
KRETZ ... "But, it was what we could get to. Everybody gave and made some compromises and we've got a system that's very difficult. The protocols are really difficult to ever reach, four confirmed kills before you have the option of lethal, but that's what it is. That's what we agreed to. And, as hard as it is to get to that, then to have a judge in Olympia, who knows nothing about the situation, rule this way is just a huge blow. And, it's a blow to everybody that participated on all sides of this."
The judge has scheduled another hearing on August 31st when he'll decide whether or not to extend the restraining order requested by the Center for Biological Diversity and Cascadia Wildlands.
Listen tomorrow for more on Kretz reaction.