Committee Votes for Wolf Compromise

Cheyenne, WY – Despite some opposition, the House Wildlife Committee approved a bill that would adjust Wyoming's wolf management plan. House Bill 155 is a compromise measure that allows for fewer breeding pairs in the state, but requires regulating the hunting of wolves, instead of shooting them on-sight. The bill passed the committee 6-3, but Lyman Representative Mick Powers argued against changing the current plan and thinks the state is caving too quickly to federal demands. Powers says the state will have to go to court, even if it changes its plan. So he thinks it is best to fight. But Committee Chair Mike Baker says he has two letters from federal officials that support passing the bill. One says the feds will manage wolves in the national parks, and the second endorses the idea that the feds will help the state manage wolves throughout Wyoming.