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Mon September 12, 2011
Mead urges passage of wolf deal as drafted
CHEYENNE, WY (wpr) - While some legislators and agriculture groups ponder Wyoming's wolf management agreement with the U-S Department of Interior, Governor Matt Mead says he is working behind the scenes to convince lawmakers to agree to the idea. It changes some boundaries where wolves must be managed, but it allows for wolves to be shot on sight in most of the state. For the deal to be finalized lawmakers will have to pass legislation. Mead says he hopes that will happen.
"My hope with the legislature is that they accept that this is a package and to make significant modifications to that package, puts in jeopardy that whole agreement. And puts us right back where we were, which is litigation and without the ability for the state to manage wolves."
Teton County Commissioners have asked legislators to extend the boundaries where wolves would be managed. But the Governor has resisted that change. The Legislature's Joint Travel, Recreation and Wildlife committee will consider draft legislation concerning wolf management next month.
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