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Thu April 22, 2004
Wolf Issue Now in Hands of the Courts
Cheyenne, Wy – The state filed a lawsuit Thursday against the federal government over its rejection of the state's proposed wolf management plan.
Attorney General Pat Crank says his staff planned to file a
complaint in U-S District Court in Cheyenne this afternoon.
In the complaint, the state is alleging that the U-S Fish and
Wildlife Service violated Wyoming's constitutional rights and the
federal Administrative Procedures Act by rejecting the plan.
Governor Freudenthal says litigation was the last resort.
But he also says he's tired of waiting on the federal government
and that Wyoming must stand up for the rights of its ranchers and
Fish and Wildlife is requiring acceptable management plans from
Idaho, Montana and Wyoming before it will consider removing wolves
from federal protection.
It rejected Wyoming's plan in January. Idaho and Montana's plans
were deemed acceptable.