A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals today overturned a district court ruling that the wolves reintroduced to Yellowstone and central Idaho by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ("FWS") must be removed. Had the December 1997 ruling by Wyoming Judge William Downes not been reversed, the reintroduced wolves would have been put to death because of the so-called "poison pill" provision of the wolf regulations developed by FWS.
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Sacramento community and environmental groups filed suit in Federal Court today against the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, and the California Department of Transportation for illegally approving a long-term transportation plan that will increase violations of federal standards for smog.