Judge asked to rein in wolf killing

MISSOULA, MT Wyoming, Montana and Idaho plan public hunts for the region's 1,500 wolves this fall.

Attorneys for a dozen environmental and animals rights groups on Thursday urged U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy to block the states' plans. They asked for an injunction to restore endangered species protections for wolves, pending resolution of a lawsuit over the issue.

An attorney for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service argued the Northern Rockies' surging wolf population needs to be culled because of increasing numbers of livestock killed by the predators.

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