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Bid to stop Rockies wolf hunt denied, for now

A federal appeals court on Tuesday turned down an emergency request by wildlife advocates seeking to stop gray wolf hunts in the Northern Rockies. But the court said judges will reconsider the issue in November.

The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal means hunters can continue for now pursuing an estimated 1,300 wolves in Idaho and Montana. Congress stripped the animals of Endangered Species Act protections through a provision attached to a budget bill that was signed into law in the spring.

A federal judge in Missoula had ruled last year that the animals deserved continued protection, and a lawsuit brought by advocacy groups contends Congress overstepped its bounds.

Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for Nov. 8 before a three-judge panel. Tuesday’s order said the 9th Circuit will consider the emergency injunction request at that time…

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