Hopes of a Wolf Deal Dissolve
Cheyenne, WY – State leaders announced today that they are essentially dropping any efforts to compromise with the federal government over wolf management. The deal hinged on protecting other wildlife. The state had asked the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service to kill off wolves that are impacting big game, like elk and moose. This is relevant until wolves come off the endangered species list. The Service announced it cannot do that because it is outside of the agency's rules. Governor Dave Freudenthal says he's disappointed because they can kill wolves if they're preying on cattle or sheep. The Fish and Wildlife Service says it is going forward with a plan to take wolves off the endangered species list in Montana and Idaho. The Attorney General says Wyoming is going forward with its lawsuit against the federal government.