Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
By Kim Murphy
Los Angeles Times (MCT)
SEATTLE — Bow-and-arrow hunters already have shot 17 of Montana's once-threatened wolf population since a controversial wolf hunt started at the beginning of September, while 60 wolves have been killed in neighboring Idaho.
Now, big game rifle-hunting season is about to start, bringing thousands of hunters into the mountains at a time when early snowfall will make wolves much easier to spot and chase. Conservation groups went to court Monday seeking an emergency injunction to block the hunts until a federal appeals court can decide whether they're legal to begin with.