The Lewiston Morning Tribune is reporting that U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula has ruled against predator advocates’ contention that the Congressional delisting of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies this spring was unconstitutional.
The two-sentence article posted to the paper’s Web site also says that the decision will thus allow Idaho and Montana’s fall hunts to proceed.
The latter state has a quota of 220 wolves while the former’s hunt will largely be an open general hunt with harvest limits in certain zones, trapping and hunters and trappers required to report their take within 72 hours.
There were a minimum of 566 wolves in Montana and 705 in Idaho at the end of 2010.
The reported decision comes a day after another U.S. District Court judge, this one in Portland, ruled that salmon mitigation plans by Federal agencies in charge of the Columbia hydropower system were too vague and sent it back for yet another reworking.