Wolf Limbo 

Wolves are back on the Endangered Species List—at least for now.

U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy granted a temporary injunction to a group of environmental organizations that filed suit to stop the species from being removed from federal protection.

The order effectively puts wolves back under the control of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service while the judge considers the merits of the government's decision to de-list the wolves.

It also puts plans for fall wolf hunting seasons in Idaho and Montana on hold for the time being.

Wolves were officially declared a recovered species and removed from federal protection on March 28, allowing the states to take over management of the species.

Under Idaho's approved plan, the state will not let the population drop to fewer than 150 wolves and 15 breeding pairs although state wildlife managers said the actual number will be closer to current levels.

While the state's wolf hunt has come under fire from environmental groups, it's Wyoming's plan that has caused the most consternation. There, wolves are protected only in a few areas outside of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and can be shot on sight otherwise.

The groups that filed the lawsuit—including the Sierra Club, The Humane Society of the United States, the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Cascadia Wildlands Project, Defenders of Wildlife and the Natural Resources Defense Council—believe the states' plans allow for too many wolf-kills, and there are not adequate protections.

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