BILLINGS, Mont. | Judge restores protections for grizzly bears, blocking hunts

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BILLINGS, Mont.— A U.S. judge on Monday ordered federal protections restored for grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains, a move that blocks the first hunts planned for the animals in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades.

The order came as Wyoming and Idaho were on the cusp of allowing up to 23 bears to be killed by hunters. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen had twice delayed the hunts, and his latest order blocking them was due to expire later this week.

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