Wolf ruling ends plan to hold settlement talks

Helena, MT – A judge's ruling to restore federal protections for the Rocky Mountain gray wolf has scuttled
settlement talks the parties in the lawsuit had planned for next week.

Ron Aasheim of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says the meeting had been set for Wednesday in Helena. It would have brought together several of the wildlife advocacy groups that filed the lawsuit, along with officials from Montana, Idaho and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Molloy says there was no settlement offer on the table, but participants were hoping to find some common ground.

After U.S. District Judge Molloy's ruling on Thursday, the meeting was called off.

Some are skeptical that there's much point to the talks after the judge's decision. But others are hoping cooler heads prevail and they can reschedule the meeting.