Idaho and Montana state wolf hunts head to court
11/8/2011 2:17:35 AM - AP News
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife advocates appeared in federal court in California seeking an injunction to stop gray wolf hunts already well under way in the Northern Rockies.Federal biologists say the wolf population is healthy enough to support the hunts in Idaho and Montana. But wildlife advocates say too many wolves are being shot too quickly, threatening to unravel the species' decades-long recovery and killing animals closely followed by wolf watchers.Tuesday's hearing in Pasadena was before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.The hunts were allowed after Congress last spring stripped endangered species protections from more than 1,300 wolves. That prompted a lawsuit from wildlife advocates who say Congress overstepped its bounds by effectively reversing prior court rulings that favored protections for the animals.