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Federal court to hear Wyoming wolf delisting

December 16, 2013 at 08:16 AM

The Associated Press


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., is set to hear arguments from environmental groups challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent move to end federal protections for wolves in Wyoming.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson has set a hearing for Tuesday on a complaint by a coalition of environmental groups. They claim the federal government's recent transfer of wolf management authority to the state of Wyoming violates the Endangered Species Act.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (http://bit.ly/JrYPoT ) that attorneys for the environmental group Earthjustice are scheduled to present oral arguments Tuesday.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department took over wolf management in September 2012 and has allowed hunters to kill scores of wolves. State officials say they're committed to maintaining the required minimum wolf population.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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