October 21, 2011
A group of wolf advocates requested an emergency halt to wolf hunting in the Rocky Mountains. A federal appeals court turned down the request.
In a ruling Tuesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the emergency injunction sought by three wolf advocacy groups saying it would consider the request during oral arguments scheduled for next month.
Montana and Idaho wildlife departments authorized hunting seasons for this fall. Montana's archery season just ended on Sunday, and the general rifle season begins Saturday. So far, archers have killed four wolves, while backcountry rifle hunters in special early season districts have killed seven more.
Idaho hunters have reported 60 wolves killed since their rifle season began Aug. 30. Montana has a quota of 220 wolves for the 2011 season, while Idaho has not set a quota.