Wolf hunting opponents to gather at Minnesota Capitol to celebrate court decision

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Opponents of wolf hunting gather at the Minnesota Capitol Thursday to celebrate a court decision that put the region's wolves back on the endangered list.

It's being organized by Howling for Wolves, which opposes sport hunting and trapping of wolves.

A federal judge in December said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should not have returned management of wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan to state control. Some members of Congress hope to overturn that decision with legislation.

Some Minnesota state senators plan to introduce bills against wolf hunting and trapping Thursday. One would impose a five-year moratorium on wolf hunting if the animals come off the endangered list again. The other would ban wolf trapping except for predator control, hunting wolves with bait, and all snaring of wild animals.

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