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Hunting conservation groups intervene in suit against relisting wolves

Gray wolf. File photo.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (PD)

Several hunting conservation groups are requesting to intervene in ongoing litigationover relisting wolves under the Endangered Species Act.

They’re seeking to join the US Fish and Wildlife Service in court defending the agency's decision to not relist wolf populations in the Northern Rockies - which includes Oregon, Washington Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International and Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation say wolf populations in the region are sufficiently large and the animals should remain under state management.

Environmental groups suing the federal government say states are overestimating the number of wolves, and they need federal protections.

Ellis Juhlin is MTPR's Rocky Mountain Front reporter. Ellis previously worked as a science reporter at Utah Public Radio and a reporter at Yellowstone Public Radio. She has a Master's Degree in Ecology from Utah State University. She's an average birder and wants you to keep your cat indoors. She has two dogs, one of which is afraid of birds.
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