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ALS Symposium: "Crying Wolf: Has Canis Lupis Recovered?"

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Chase Center, Vermont Law School

Please join the Animal Law Society for a compelling panel discussion on the legal, scientific, and political issues surrounding the removal of the Gray Wolf from the endangered species list.

* * * Crying Wolf: Does Canis lupus Recovery Warrant Removal from the Endangered Species List? * * *

A symbol of American wilderness, veracious top predator, despised by ranchers and hunters, beloved by nature enthusiasts and environmentalists, few endangered species have drawn as much attention and controversy as Canis lupus, the Gray Wolf. Hunted to the brink of extinction across the United States, the Gray Wolf was one of the first species to come under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Recent recovery efforts are proving effective as populations flourish in the Western Great Lakes, Northern Rocky Mountains, and Yellowstone National Park. But will this success lead to long-term recovery, and is it enough to justify broad delisting across the United States? The latest proposed rule from the Fish and Wildlife Service aims to remove the Gray Wolf's endangered status across the United States with the exception of the Southwest. To accomplish this, it divides C. lupus in to three subspecies, and removes the eastern United States, from northern Georgia to Maine, from the Gray Wolf's historic range. The proposal raises a myriad of legal, scientific, and political issues, and gets at the very heart of the Endangered Species Act.

Speakers include:
-Patrick Lederle, PhD, Planning and Adaptation Section Supervisor, Wildlife Division, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
-Bethany Cotton, JD, Wildlife Program Director, WildEarth Guardians
-Craig Pease, PhD, Professor, Vermont Law School

The panel will be moderated by:
-Reed Loder, PhD, Professor, Vermont Law School

A free Chinese food dinner will be served (vegan). Please bring your own dishes, if you are able.