Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Tuesday defended the decision to accept Wyoming's wolf management plan pending acceptance by the state legislature. Salazar made his comments to reporters while visiting Grand Teton National Park. Salazar explains that the hunting of wolves outlined in the plans for Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, are necessary to maintain the populations at manageable level.
"The recovery plan targets have been exceeded and those population targets are required to be kept."
Should the populations exceed or fall below their sustainable populations, Salazar says they would have to be re-listed. Consequently he believes the states will work in good faith to assure there is a sustainable population of wolves.