A Possible Wolf Carrot for Wyoming
Washington, DC – Wyoming may have more incentive to straighten out its wolf plan. Federal officials say the state needs to make changes in order for delisting of wolves to begin. The biggest issue appears to be language that would make wolves predators in most of the state. But Senator Craig Thomas says he has been speaking with federal officials, including Interior Secretary Gale Norton. He's been told that if they reach a compromise with Wyoming officials, then the state might be able to implement its wolf plan sooner rather then later. He says de-listing is a long process and Fish and Wildlife may compromise and allow the three states to start managing wolves before the process is complete. Thomas also has been told that Fish and Wildlife would be willing to compromise with the state in order to get a plan that can be accepted.