Feds End Protections for Wolves in Wyoming
The federal government today formally announced it is removing wolves from the endangered species list in Wyoming.
The move comes 17 years after the animals were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park. Since then, the battle over the future and the management of the animals has been a hot-button issue.
The plan, which was negotiated by Governor Mead and accepted by the Fish and Wildlife Service, allows wolves to be shot as predators in most of the state. The exception is in Northwest Wyoming, where the population will be managed by the state. That management will include some protection, but also will allow the animals to be hunted as trophy game outside of Yellowstone.
However, the decision is probably still not the last word on the grey wolf. Several environmental groups are already saying they will challenge the delisting in federal court.