Montana News

Aug 13, 2011 8:12 PM by Dennis Bragg (Missoula)

Conservation groups file injunction to stop wolf hunts in Montana, Idaho

Conservation groups are asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to grant an emergency injunction to stop the upcoming wolf hunts in Montana and Idaho.

The conservation groups filed an appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court earlier this week but now they're also asking for the injunction to stop the hunts, which are scheduled to begin on September 3rd in Montana and on August 30th in Idaho.

The move comes just over a week after U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy ruled against the groups in their argument that a Congressional rider lifting endangered species protection for the wolves was unconstitutional.

Molloy expressed some reluctance in making the ruling, which considered whether Congress had overstepped the Separation of Powers Doctrine by including language forbidding the courts from overturning the amendment.

Molloy implied that might not be constitutional, but case law prevented him from siding with the plaintiffs.

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