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Judge reluctantly upholds law stripping Northern Rockies wolves of endangered species status

Wolves in the Courtroom

More bad news for wolves. Judge Donald Molloy would have ruled the delisting of wolves as unconstitutional if there wasn’t already precedent tying his hands. As it is, the law stands, but wildlife groups will almost certainly appeal the decision.

HELENA, Mont. (Associated Press) — A federal judge has reluctantly upheld a congressional provision that removes federal protections for the Northern Rockies gray wolf outside Wyoming.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy of Montana says precedent by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals required him to rule against a constitutional challenge of the budget provision passed earlier this year.

Molloy wrote in his order Wednesday that without that precedent, he would have found to be unconstitutional the provision that strips wolves of their endangered status in Montana, Idaho and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah…

Read the entire article on Washingtonpost.com: Judge reluctantly upholds law stripping Northern Rockies wolves of endangered species status

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