Federal judge Donald Molloy is scheduled to decide whether to grant a request by Friends of Animals and other anti-hunting groups to halt the season before Tuesday’s scheduled opener.
For Molloy to rule against the hunt, he would need to have decided that the hunt would do irreparable harm to the Idaho wolf population, estimated at 846 animals. Officials of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game plan to halt the season after the harvest reaches 255. Most people expect far fewer than that to actually be killed before the season’s scheduled Dec. 31 close.
Update: It appears the season will begin Tuesday as scheduled. Whether it will continue long is open to question. Molloy didn’t make a ruling at today’s hearing, but promised he’d make one “as soon as possible.”