Hunts scheduled for this weekend have been blocked while a judge looks at the government’s decision to lift protections

A federal judge has temporarily blocked the opening of the first public grizzly bear hunts in Wyoming and Idaho in more than 40 years, as he considers whether the government was wrong to lift federal protections on the animals.

The US district judge Dana Christensen’s order came just two days before the states prepared to open their grizzly bear hunting seasons on Saturday. It will remain in effect 14 days.

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