Judge leaning toward blocking Wisconsin wolf hunt

From the Star Tribune in Minnesota:

MADISON, Wis. — A judge appeared on the verge Thursday of granting wildlife advocates’ request to halt the Wisconsin fall wolf season after hearing arguments that the hunt is illegal.

Dane County Circuit Judge Jacob Frost said it appears that the season is unconstitutional because the state Department of Natural Resources never enacted permanent regulations establishing season parameters, instead relying on emergency rules put in place shortly after then-Gov. Scott Walker signed a law in 2011 authorizing an annual season.

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