Laramie, Wy – A federal judge ruled yesterday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service moved too quickly when it removed federal protections for wolves.
The decision restores federal protections in most of the country. But, it doesn't apply in Wyoming because wolves were reintroduced here. The Fish and Wildlife Service's Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Ed Bangs, says that means they are classified differently. But, the decision could affect when wolves come off the endangered species list in this area. That has to happen before Wyoming can start managing wolves.
A conservation group says this decision won't prevent Wyoming from taking control but it could slow down the process.