INTERNATIONAL FALLS (AP) -- A local group has asked for court action to once again prohibit the use of snowmobiles in 11 bays within Voyageurs National Park.
The Voyageurs Regional National Park Association filed for a federal court injunction on Friday to close the bays to human use until a judge can hear a lawsuit filed on the issue last year.
The lawsuit was filed after the National Park Service failed to close the bays to humans late last November.
The bays are on Rainy, Kabetogama, Namakan and Sand Point lakes. They were reopened to snowmobiling and other human activity after being closed for nearly 10 years to protect wildlife -- especially gray wolves.
The park staff decided to reopen the bays following a three-year analysis that the staff said found no significant correlation between wolf activity and the closing of the bays.
Jennifer Hunt, executive director of the association, said the group is seeking the injunction as a temporary measure until the lawsuit is settled.
"We want to have the Park Service go back to using the protections that were in place until last winter," she said. "Nothing more. Nothing less."
Hunt said she doesn't believe the wolf study provided enough evidence that wolves aren't affected by people using the bays. The association wants more study.
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