[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Montana [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Wednesday that Congress’ removal of the Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf [Yellowstone Insider backgrounder] from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) [materials], not through amending it but through attaching a "wolf rider" to an appropriations bill, was legal. As a result, state hunting quotas to control the wolf population will be allowed in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Utah. Judge Donald Malloy, citing a…

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