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Fri December 15, 2006
US Fish & Wildlife to Offer WY Compromise on Wolves
Cheyenne, WY – The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service intends to offer the state of Wyoming a compromise intended to end the stand-off over how to manage wolves in the state.
The federal agency proposes establishing a permanent region in northwest Wyoming where the state would manage wolves as trophy game animals. Any wolves found outside of that area would be considered predators and could be killed on sight.
Wyoming recently sued the federal government for rejecting its proposed wolf management plan. The state's plan calls for allowing the state game and fish department periodically to change the boundary of the regulated hunting area to control the wolf population.
Fish and Wildlife Service officials say they will meet Monday with Governor Dave Freudenthal to discuss their proposal.
The governor's office declined comment on the proposal Thursday, saying the state needs to see specifics before it can respond.