Wolf delisting lawsuit against Oregon reinstated

Gray wolves removed from Oregon’s endangered species list in November

A female wolf from the Minam pack outside La Grande, Ore., after it was fitted with a tracking collar. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has decided to reconsider a lawsuit against the state that was dismissed in April over its decision last year to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list.

The decision Tuesday means environmentalists will have another chance to argue for a judicial review of the delisting decision, which they say was premature. They may also challenge the validity of House Bill 4040, the controversial new law that prompted the court to toss the case.

The bill was among the most controversial issues this year at the Legislature. It was crafted to block the lawsuit by upholding the delisting decision into state law and therefore render moot the request for judicial review, which environmentalists say could be unconstitutional.

State officials did not immediately respond for comment.

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