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#14 Judge halts grizzly bear hunts around Yellowstone National Park and Rocky Mountains

A judge has temporarily blocked grizzly bear hunts around Yellowstone National Park and the Rocky Mountains two days before it was due to start.

The federal judge yesterday put a hold on the opening of the first grizzly bear hunts to be held in the Rocky Mountains in more than 40 years.

US District Judge Dana Christensen's order came just two days before Wyoming and Idaho prepared to began the first hunting season of grizzly bears in the area since 1974, due to start tomorrow.

Yesterday's ruling was seen as a victory for wildlife campaigners and Native American tribes that sued over the US Fish and Wildlife Service's decision in 2017 to lift protections for 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

A grizzly bear cub searches for fallen fruit beneath an apple tree a few miles from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Montana

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