Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Court denies request to stop Montana, Idaho wolf hunts
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request Tuesday for an emergency injunction that would have stopped wolf hunting in the Rocky Mountains. With Montana's general rifle hunting season set to begin Saturday, three environmental groups asked the court for the injunction Monday. The court said it will consider the group's motion for an injunction when oral arguments on a pending appeal are made Nov. 8. The delisting action was upheld in U.S. District Court and the groups appealed to the 9th Circuit. Montana and Idaho authorized wolf hunts this fall. In Montana, bow and backcountry hunters have killed 11 wolves so far. The state's quota is set at 220. Idaho hunters have killed 60 wolves since that state's season opened Aug. 30. Montana's big-game wolf hunt begins Saturday. To date, about 12,300 hunters have purchased wolf licenses in Montana. During the first legal wolf hunting season in 2009, the state sold a total of 15,600 licenses...more