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Lawsuits challenge new wolf rules in N. Rockies

Published: Thu, May 5, 2011 @ 3:15 p.m.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Four environmental groups are going to court to put gray wolves back on the endangered species list.

The groups filed two lawsuits today in federal court in Montana, as control over more than 1,300 wolves was turned over to state authorities in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Utah.

A federal budget bill rider in April mandated the lifting of wolf protections.

Western lawmakers say they wanted to go around a federal judge who blocked prior efforts to hunt the animals. But environmentalists say that violated the separation of powers required under the Constitution.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuits are the Center for Biological Diversity, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians.

Hunts for hundreds of wolves are planned this fall in Montana and Idaho.


1LittleMo(10 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

If man quit encroaching further and further into wildlife habitat there wouldn't be a problem. Quit being so damn greedy and leave the animals alone.

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2InColumbiana(63 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Actually, if wolf populations were higher, coyote populations would be lower. Wolves don't tolerate coyote or feral domestic dogs in their territory. The coyote is what moves in when the Wolves are exterminated from an area.

The problem? Wolves are more likely to avoid human contact, vs coyote who (like racoons) are more likely to adapt to humans and more likely to breed with feral domestic dogs. The coyote/feral mix breed is more agressive toward and less fearful of humans, making them the worst of all.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Save the wolves from starvation ! Feed them an environmentalist ! Wolves were eradicated in the past for a very good reason .

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