4 of 5 scientists approve of Wyoming's wolf plan

May 11, 2012

     Four out of five scientists who reviewed Wyoming's proposed wolf management plan say they believe it's likely to maintain a stable population in the state.

     The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday released its second scientific peer review of Wyoming's wolf plan. The agency released an earlier review this winter but called for another after the state modified its plan.

     Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar agreed last year to end federal protections for wolves. Under their agreement, the state pledged to maintain at least 10 breeding pairs and 100 wolves outside of Yellowstone National Park. Wolves would be protected as trophy game animals in northwestern Wyoming in a flexible area outside the park but classified as predators that could be shot on sight elsewhere.