New Wolf Management Law Passes Legislature

Cheyenne, WY – The bill changing Wyoming's wolf management law passed the legislature today. It sets up a number of compromises with the federal government if the US Fish and Wildlife Service meets several demands of the state. Among the state's compromises is the reduction of the area where wolves are classified as predators and can be shot on sight. The Wyoming Stockgrower's Association wanted the state to defend its current law and press forward with its lawsuit. Vice President Jim Magagna says this bill may weaken Wyoming's position in the courts. But supporters of the bill say it does not weaken the lawsuit because the compromises would only go into effect if the federal government keeps up its end of the bargain. The major demand of the state is protection of elk and moose from wolves.