A federal appeals court in Denver on Tuesday lifted an order that blocked the federal release of Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico without the permission of the state Department of Game and Fish.

The ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came in a case brought last year by the Department of Game and Fish against the U.S. Interior Department and its Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the wolf-recovery program.

The appeals court overturned a June decision by U.S. District Judge William Johnson in Albuquerque to issue a preliminary injunction against wolf releases by the Fish and Wildlife Service without approval of the Game and Fish Department.

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