Federal government ending Wyoming wolf protections
CHEYENNE, Wyo.---The federal government will end its protections for
wolves in Wyoming, where the species was introduced two decades ago to
revive it from near extinction in the United States.
The announcement Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will
entrust the state with managing wolf numbers and endorses a plan that
allows for them to be shot on sight in most of the state, while keeping
them permanently protected in designated areas like Yellowstone National
Park. Wyoming will take over management of the wolves at the end of
The decision of the announcement quickly sparked promises of legal
challenges from environmental groups that argue wolves still need
protection to maintain their successful recovery. Dan Ashe, the agency's
director, acknowledged the "emotional reaction to wolf hunting" but said
it would not be "detrimental to long-term conservation of wolves."...
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