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Conservation Groups Sue Over Gray Wolf Delisting

BOISE -- Conservation groups have filed a lawsuit today to have wolves in Idaho and Montana put back on the endangered species list.

Suzanne Stone with the Defenders of Wildlife says they and 12 other conservation groups have joined forces in the lawuit.

Reclining but alert, a gray wolf lies in new-fallen snow in this National Geographic file photo. Conservation groups have filed a lawsuit today to have wolves in Idaho and Montana put back on the endangered species list. (Photograph by Joel Sartore) It's one of five separate suits expected to be filed.

The wolves were taken off the endangered list last month.

"Right now the plan is so unreasonable and jeopardizes the population at such a level that we can't support it," said Stone.

"Hopefully the judges will see and have confidence that the states will manage wolves properly and we'll move forward," said Idaho Fish and Game Deputy Director Jim Unsworth.

There are currently about 850 wolves in Idaho.

Managed wolf hunts are planned in Idaho and Montana this fall, unless a judge agrees with the lawsuits and puts the wolves back onto the endangered species list.

 

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