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Environmentalists threaten to sue Montana over new wolf laws

FILE - This Nov. 7, 2017, file photo provided by the National Park Service shows a wolf in...
FILE - This Nov. 7, 2017, file photo provided by the National Park Service shows a wolf in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. The Humane Society and other groups filed a legal petition Wednesday, May 26, 2021, asking Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to use her emergency authority to return thousands of wolves in the region to the endangered species list. (Jacob W. Frank/National Park Service via AP, File)(Jacob W. Frank | AP)
Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 3:40 PM MDT
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A coalition of environmental advocacy groups is threatening to sue the state of Montana if it implements new laws passed earlier this year permitting the snaring of wolves and expanding trapping seasons.

Lawyers with Earthjustice said Wednesday the laws pose a threat to the state’s grizzly bear and lynx populations.

Both are federally protected under the Endangered Species Act and could be injured or killed by snares or other traps set for wolves.

The group said it would file a lawsuit in 60 days unless the state put in place rules that would protect the endangered populations.

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