Sep 29, 12:14 PM EDT

Feds, hunting groups support state's wolf request



CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a group of pro-hunting groups are joining with the state of Wyoming in asking a federal judge to reverse last week's order that reinstated federal protections for wolves in the state.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of Washington, D.C., returned wolves in Wyoming to federal protections under the Endangered Species Act.

Jackson ruled the Fish and Wildlife Service shouldn't have accepted nonbinding promises from Wyoming two years ago that it would maintain a minimum population of 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation.

State officials responded last week by taking steps to make the wolf population guarantees binding under state law. The state has asked Jackson to reconsider.

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