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Campaigners want wolf hunts halted

US environmentalists have filed a request for an emergency injunction to halt wolf hunts scheduled to start in a few weeks.

The request by the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and other groups with the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals was made public on Saturday.

The groups want the hunts in Montana and Idaho cancelled until the court rules on an appeal filed on Monday challenging a federal judge's ruling allowing the hunts to go forward.

A US federal judge in Montana earlier this month was critical of a congressional budget rider that removed federal protections for wolves in Montana and Idaho, and in parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah.

But he said court precedent required him to rule it constitutional.

The groups contend the way Congress removed the wolf protections is unconstitutional.

Wolf hunts start on August 30 in Idaho and on September 3 in Montana.

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