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4:38 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Court: Feds Do Not Have To Disclose Wolf Kill Sites

New Mexico – A new court ruling says federal wildlife officials don't have to disclose precise locations of livestock killings by Mexican gray wolves in the wild.

A U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision issued Thursday overturns a ruling by a federal trial judge in Tucson.

The Center for Biological Diversity and other environmental groups sued under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain GPS coordinates for so-called "depredations" by wolves.

But the 9th Circuit says GPS data collected by Wildlife Service personnel visiting ranch property is covered by an exemption for information on agricultural operations.

The wolf recovery effort began in 1998 along the Arizona-New Mexico border.

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