PREDATORS -- A group of wolf advocates has requested an emergency halt to wolf hunting in the Rocky Mountains. Although the wolf hunting season has been open for weeks, the prime time for hunters being in the field begins Saturday, with the opening of Montana's big-game hunting season.
The Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians want to return the gray wolf to federal Endangered Species Act protection.
In doing so, they're going against the grain of wildlife management professionals, sportsmen and general public opinion that wolves need to be managed.
After Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, delisted the wolf with a congressional rider last spring, the groups challenged the action in U.S. District Court.
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