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US Attorneys Challenge Ruling Blocking Yellowstone Grizzly Hunt

US Attorneys Challenge Ruling Blocking Yellowstone Grizzly Hunt Photo: WDIO-TV fle

Created: May 25, 2019 09:05 AM

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - U.S. officials are asking a federal appeals court to overturn part of a judge's ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades.

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The case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involves more than 700 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Government attorneys said Friday that a lower court judge was wrong to require officials to review the status of grizzlies everywhere before lifting protections for bruins in the Yellowstone Region.

The attorneys said the government already is working on addressing other issues raised by U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen.

That includes whether sufficient safeguards are in place to keep the bears from sliding toward extinction if states take over management of the animals.

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