Conservation Group Supports Wolf Delisting

Laramie, WY – While several conservation groups have voiced opposition to yesterday's wolf delisting, at least one group is supporting the change.

The Greater Yellowstone Coalition, a conservation group based in Bozeman, Montana, says the removal of the wolf from the endangered species list is a step forward. Coalition chairman Todd Graham says it was time to switch from federal protection to local management.

"Now we, as a community of interested people living in greater Yellowstone, need to find ways to sit down with this more localized management structure and try to manage to get along with the wolf and also manage the wolf as if it were any other wildlife species," he said.

Graham says working at the local level offers the best opportunity for progress. The federal governments plans to transfer management of wolves to the states late next month.

Other conservation groups say they will challenge the delisting in court.