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About-face on protecting wolves

September 23, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Federal wildlife officials asked a judge to put gray wolves in the Northern Rockies back on the endangered species list -- a sharp reversal from their prior contention that the animals were thriving.

Lawyers for the Fish and Wildlife Service asked U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula to vacate the agency's February finding that more than 1,400 wolves in the region no longer needed federal protection.

The government's request follows a July injunction in which Molloy blocked plans for wolf hunts this fall in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.

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