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Published July 06, 2010, 09:08 AM

Feds agree to hold off on wolf kill order

PORTLAND, Ore. — Two northeast Oregon wolves under a state kill order because of attacks on cattle have a reprieve.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Two northeast Oregon wolves under a state kill order because of attacks on cattle have a reprieve.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services and conservation groups said Friday that agreement has been reached to suspend the order through July while a federal judge considers the conservation groups’ request for an injunction.

After six cattle in Wallowa County were confirmed victims of wolf attacks, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife gave Wildlife Services authority to kill two wolves from the Imnaha pack in hopes of discouraging the pack from attacking more livestock.

Noah Greenwald of the Center for Biological Diversity says conservationists hope a separate lawsuit challenging the dropping of wolves from the federal endangered species list will come through in time to permanently protect the pack.

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