New Wyoming Wolf Management Plan Debated

Cheyenne – Despite some hard feelings, a legislative committee has approved a new wolf management plan. Committee chairman Pat Childers says he does not know if he can support it. The state is being asked to come up with a new wolf management plan in case wolves are removed from the endangered species list and this bill changes the boundries of where wolves will roam and directs the Wyoming Game and Fish department to have more control over management of some 15 wolf packs. But Childers says that federal officials have told Wyoming that its plan was fine on two previous occasions only to change its mind. The latest turnaround came this winter when the U-S Fish and Wildlife decided to delist wolves in Idaho and Montana. Childers says that has led to some mistrust. Governor Dave Freudenthal says until they hear what the Obama adminstration wants to do with wolves, the bill is probably worthless. The bill goes to the floor of the House of Representatives for further debate.