HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) -- Ravalli County commissioners have voted to ask state and federal agencies to reinstate regional wolf management to protect the region's ungulate population.

Thursday's unanimous vote echoes that of the Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association and comes in response to a federal judge reinstating Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Montana and Idaho this summer.

The request cites a part of the Endangered Species Act that authorizes management of the area's experimental wolf populations, a rule that applies to states that have approved wolf management plans.

The Ravalli Republic reports commissioners argued that by the time wolf management returns to the state, it may be too late to ensure the viability of the region's ungulate population and hunting economy.

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Information from: The Ravalli Republic, http://www.ravallirepublic.com

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