A federal judge has restored endangered species protections for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies, derailing plans by three states to hold public wolf hunts this fall.
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy granted a preliminary injunction late Friday restoring the protections for the wolves in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Molloy will eventually decide whether the injunction should be permanent.
The region has an estimated 2,000 gray wolves. They were removed from the endangered species list in March, following a decade-long
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Good news from the Rockies
It's looking like the wolf recovery program out in the Rockies is going to be allowed to proceed awhile longer without the wolves being used for target practice:
I think the article caught my eye because I'd just finished reading Nevada Barr's Winter Study, a mystery set in Isle Royale National Park that incorporates the wolf study there into the plot. The study celebrates its 50th year in 2008 and is the longest predator-prey study to date.