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Tue October 14, 2008
Committee seeks ideas on wolves
By Elsa Partan
Laramie, Wyo. – A legislative committee is meeting this week to discuss the state's next move regarding wolves.
After the gray wolf was taken off the endangered species list this year, a federal judge in Montana put the species back on the list in response to a lawsuit. The judge said Wyoming's plan for managing wolves didn't do enough to protect them. Joint wildlife committee co-chair Bruce Burns says now Wyoming has to decide whether to change the plan, file its own lawsuit, or do something else.
"There's various other actions both aggressive and passive, such as, fine let the feds take over, let the feds manage it," Burns said.
Burns says that idea gained popularity when the state estimated it will cost Wyoming millions of dollars to manage wolves. The committee is seeking comments from the public Thursday in Cody and Friday in Riverton.