The habit of referring to any judge with whom one does not agree as "activist" has grown distressingly common. Molloy's ruling does indeed have a sound legal basis. He ruled that the EPA cannot de-list only part of a population, that its subdivision of the Montana and Idaha population was based impermissibily on political and not biological reasoning.
If you want wolves de-listed again, the proper target of your animus is Wyoming. If they had developed a suitable management plan as they were directed to do, this ruling would not be necessary.
This ruling seems sound. The populations of wolves in the three states comprise a metapopulation that undergoes genetic exchange; it's unreasonable to end federal protection in a part of that metapopulation and not in another part. Any animosity should be directed not at Judge Molloy, but at the state of Wyoming for failing to develop a suitable wolf management plan.
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