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Amendment delisting gray wolves faces court challenge

Wolves in the Courtroom

Missoula, Mont. (The Missoulian) –┬áThe congressional rider removing gray wolves from Endangered Species Act protection faces a court challenge in Missoula on Tuesday.

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians together claim Congress violated the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers doctrine when it ordered the wolf delisted and blocked future court review of that decision.

In response, attorneys for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar say Congress has frequently rewritten laws to get around court rulings, and courts have endorsed the practice.

U.S. District Judge Don Molloy will hear both sides’ arguments for summary judgment on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in his Missoula courtroom. Center for Biological Diversity attorney Christopher Karr said each side will have an hour to make its claims.

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