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Crapo, Risch introduce wolf delisting bill

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's U.S. senators introduced a measure to lift Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in Idaho and Montana, as well as portions of Washington, Oregon and Utah. The bill Idaho Republicans Mike Crapo and Jim Risch introduced Tuesday is a response to a federal court order in August that restored protections. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy ruled it was illegal for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist a species on a state-by-state basis in Montana and Idaho, while leaving out Wyoming's predator population. Crapo says his legislation comes as frustration over wolf management is mounting. The animals' population in the northern Rocky Mountains has swelled to 1,600. He hopes bills like his, as well as court appeals of Molloy's decision, keep this issue in the spotlight.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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