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Protections for Northern Rockies wolves restored

Jul 21, 2008

In a victory for the gray wolves of the Northern Rockies and northeastern Washington, a federal judge in Montana on Friday, July 18, reinstated federal Endangered Species Act protections for wolves.

In a victory for the gray wolves of the Northern Rockies, which includes the northeast third of Washington State, a federal judge in Montana on Friday, July 18, reinstated federal Endangered Species Act protections for wolves, thus preventing Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming from carrying out wolf hunts scheduled for the fall.

The protection of wolves in the Northern Rockies allows for subspecies in adjacent areas to breed and produce genetically diverse pups, as recommended by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 1994 Environmental Impact Statement. The full list of areas protected includes all of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, and the eastern one-third of Washington and Oregon and parts of north-central Utah. The injunction and protection for wolves will remain in place until resolution of the final case occurs.

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