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Wed February 4, 2009
House Committee Votes to Keep Tight Control Over Wolves
Cheyenne – CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -
A Wyoming House committee has voted to keep tight state control over gray wolves in Wyoming if the federal government removes the animals from the endangered species list.
The state wants to regain control over wolves as the federal government debates the next step in it's national wolf policy. The committee recommended a bill emphasizing protecting livestock, deer and elk from wolves and would continue to classify wolves as predators in most of the state.
Some committee members argued the state should take no action and prepare for to go to court as it waits for the Obama administration to take a stand on the delisting of wolves in Wyoming.
But the majority decided to pass at least one of five proposed wolf bills to give the full House of Representatives a chance to debate the issue.