BOISE, Idaho — Trappers can continue pursuing wolves under Idaho’s current regulations after a federal judge rejected a request by conservation groups to temporarily block the state’s expanded wolf trapping and snaring rules.
The decision earlier this week by a U.S. magistrate judge isn’t on the merits of the case. It instead rejects a request by the groups fighting to halt the trapping and snaring rules until the case plays out and is decided.
The Center for Biological Diversity and other groups in a lawsuit filed late last year contend Idaho’s expanded wolf-killing regulations violate the Endangered Species Act because they will lead to the illegal killing of federally protected grizzly bears and Canada lynx.
But U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale ruled that the groups “have not shown a likelihood of irreparable harm caused by the continued authorization, and current expansion, of Idaho’s wolf trapping and snaring laws and regulations.”
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More than a dozen groups filed the lawsuit in December against Republican Gov. Brad Little and state wildlife officials seeking to halt trapping where lynx and grizzly bears are found.
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