Expert Watching Wolf Plan Discussions

Laramie, Wy – As the federal government and state try and reach an agreement on what a new Wyoming wolf management plan will look like, both agriculture and conservation groups are watching with interest. The International Wolf Center provides education, but does not take positions on wolf issues. But the Center's Jess Edberg says it is critical that those drafting the new plan, get it right the first time, so that the wolf does not end up back on the endangered species list. Edberg says wolves need a lot of space to hunt for food, so that needs to be taken into consideration in any plan that is drafted. Under the proposal, Wyoming would increase its management area, to include mostly northwestern Wyoming. So far, interest groups have not been able to provide input, but that will likely occur when the legislature discusses the bill next month.