Judge issues order blocking state from hunting of wolf pack

Judge: State can proceed with killing member of wolf pack

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) A judge in Olympia has granted an emergency order blocking the state from hunting members of a wolf pack to prevent them from preying on cattle.

The Thurston County Superior Court judge on Monday afternoon granted an emergency request from two environmental groups to prevent the destruction of the Togo wolf pack, which is located in Ferry County near the Canadian order. A court date on a request for a preliminary injunction was set for Aug. 31

The order was sought by the Center for Biological Diversity and Cascadia Wildlands.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife had announced Monday morning it would begin killing members of the wolf pack for preying on cattle six times in the past 10 months.