Wolf hunting season is still open in Idaho and how long that season will last is still in the hands of a Federal judge in Missoula, Montana. Earlier this week U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy heard arguments from both sides, after environmentalist groups filed a lawsuit to put wolves back on the endangered species list. A similar lawsuit was successful last spring just after the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service decided to de-list the wolves in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.
Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal says he’s been watching this week’s wolf hunts in Idaho with interest, and he hopes that a Judge Molloy will allow hunts in the two states to continue this year.
Any decision the Court makes will not directly affect Wyoming since the Fish and Wildlife Service kept the wolves on the endangered species list here.
The judge has not issued his decision on the matter yet. Montana is scheduled to open their wolf hunting season on September 15th. This year’s management plan calls for a harvest limit of 75 wolves throughout the state of Montana.