BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates are urging a federal appeals panel to restore endangered species protections for wolves.
The Alliance for the Wild Rockies, WildEarth Guardians and other groups argue the judicial branch needs to “zealously guard” against a move by Congress that lifted protections in defiance of earlier court rulings
They sued the government after Congress in April approved a budget rider taking wolves off the endangered list in five states.
The filing of their briefs in the case comes as wildlife agencies on Friday reported hunters have killed 11 of the predators since wolf seasons opened in Idaho and Montana last week.
Initial attempts to stop the hunts were denied last month by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. A November hearing in the case is expected.