HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana officials, ranchers, hunters and others frustrated by a federal judge's ruling that restored Endangered Species Act protections for wolves say it may be time to bypass the courts with congressional action. Members of the newly formed coalition met Friday, and said it no longer makes sense to just keeping fighting environmentalists in endless courtroom battles.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says it plans to appeal U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy's ruling earlier this month that blocked Montana and Idaho's wolf management plans and their fall hunts. But coalition members say even if they win, environmentalists will continue to pursue other issues in court for years. The group plans to go to the state's congressional delegation and ask them to advocate for laws that would authorize state wolf management.