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Wolves and the Endangered Species List

September 23, 2009

They're on the list. Nope, now they're off. Whoops, wait a second, they're back on ... we think. Gray wolves have been on and off the Endangered Species List more times than an anorexic Hollywood A-lister on the best-dressed list. After being taken off the federal list and turned over to state control, a lawsuit brought by several environmental groups put the kibosh on that plan while a federal judge took another look at the state's protection plans. Earlier this year, the judge ruled in favor of the government, and the states of Idaho and Montana are now in charge of the wolves in their states, although Wyoming wolves are still considered endangered. While a federal judge OK'd the Idaho's first wolf-hunting season, we're sure it isn't the end of the legal tango.

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