Laramie, Wy – A U.S. District Judge has dismissed the lawsuit by the state of Wyoming against the federal government over wolf management. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rejected Wyoming's plan for controlling wolves and the state in turn filed suit. Attorney General Pat Crank says the federal government failed to follow the Endangered Species Act. But, this weekend the judge dismissed the lawsuit.
Crank says this is not a setback in the state's effort to start managing wolves because they have a decision and can now pursue options such as appealing or changing state law. He says another factor is a lawsuit in Oregon that will have more of an impact on delaying removing wolves from the Endangered Species Act.
That case in Oregon also involved wolves and their status on the Endangered Species list.
Wyoming must have a wolf management plan approved before wolves can come off the Endangered Species list.