Judge up­holds pro­tec­tion for gray wolves

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A Cal­i­for­nia judge on Mon­day up­held pro­tec­tion for gray wolves un­der the state’s En­dan­gered Species Act, re­ject­ing a le­gal chal­lenge from ranch­ers and farm­ers who fear the preda­tors will threaten their live­stock.

The judge in San Diego ruled that Cal­i­for­nia was right to list the wolves as en­dan­gered in 2014. A law­suit on be­half of the Cal­i­for­nia Farm Bureau Fed­er­a­tion and the Cal­i­for­nia Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion ar­gued the list­ing was ar­bi­trary be­cause there are so few wolves in the state. Calls and emails seek­ing com­ment on the ruling weren’t im­me­di­ately re­turned.

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