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Judge Restores Protections to Wolves in Wyoming

posted Oct 6, 2014, 8:47 PM by chloe owens

9/23/14, by Michael Winter, USA Today

Judge restores protections to wolves in Wyoming

Overruling U.S. wildlife officials, a federal judge Tuesday restored protections for gray wolves in Wyoming but left intact a determination that the species has recovered and is not endangered or threatened “in a significant portion” of its northern Rocky Mountains range…in her opinion Tuesday from the nation’s capital, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that it was “arbitrary and capricious” for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to rely on Wyoming’s “nonbinding promises to maintain a particular number of wolves when the availability of that specific numerical buffer was such a critical aspect of the delisting decision.”