Animal rights group gets hearing for request to stop wolf hunts

Animal rights group gets hearing for request to stop wolf hunts

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge has granted animal rights groups a last-minute hearing on their request to stop upcoming wolf hunts in the northern Rockies.

Licenses to hunt gray wolves in Idaho went on sale Monday. So many licenses were sold that Idaho's Fish and Game computer system became jammed.

A lot of hunters buying wolf licenses say they're tired of wolves killing elk.

Hunter J.D. Dennis said, "If you're hunting for elk in the snow and you come back, you'll find wolf tracks in your boot prints. There's just way too many wolves."

But the group Defenders of Wildlife says wolves in the northern Rockies haven't reached the point of sustainability.

A hearing in court has been set for August 31.

Public hunts for gray wolves are scheduled begin the next day in Idahoand two weeks later in Montana.

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