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Idaho suspends plan for hired wolf hunter

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Idaho suspends plan for hired wolf hunter

By The Associated Press. CREATED Jul 29, 2014

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho Fish and Game officials say they're suspending a plan to use a hired hunter to kill wolves in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness until at least November of 2015.

Idaho's Wildlife Bureau Chief Jeff Gould made the declaration in a document filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week.

The Fish and Game Department and the U.S. Forest Service are being sued by Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project and other environmental groups over the plan to have a hired hunter kill wolves in the protected wilderness area.

The conservation groups contend that the U.S. Forest Service violated the federal Wilderness Act when it allowed the state's hunter to use an air strip and a cabin in the wilderness earlier this year.