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AP: Federal judge blocks Alaska’s wolf-kill plan

[large thumbnail url=”ap-federal-judge-blocks-alaskas-wolf-kill-plan” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”06″ day=”08″] [thumbnail icon url=”ap-federal-judge-blocks-alaskas-wolf-kill-plan” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”06″ day=”08″] A federal judge on Monday denied the state of Alaska’s request for a preliminary injunction to kill wolves.

In a step it said was needed to protect a caribou herd on an island in the Aleutian chain that is a subsistence food source for rural Alaskans there.

U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland said that while sympathetic to the state’s argument, he had to abide by law when ruling against the state’s request to immediately conduct predator control in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge on Unimak Island.

“Somebody’s governmental pride will be bruised here and there is no avoiding that,” Holland said, before ruling in favor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“It is the federal agency’s prerogative to decide what they have decided.”

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