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Thu March 31, 2011
Wolf legislation continues
Cheyenne, WY – Key lawmakers in the political skirmish over gray wolves in the West say they will continue their efforts to lift federal protections for the predators, despite a proposed settlement between environmentalists and the government.
The settlement is pending approval in federal court. It would
wolf lift protections in Idaho and Montana, but keep them at least
temporarily in Wyoming Utah, Washington and Oregon.
The deal also includes safeguards sought by environmentalists -
features absent from pending legislation in Congress. Yet whether
the agreement will be approved before lawmakers act is uncertain.
Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester told The Associated Press he
won't wait if Congress can act more quickly. And in the House,
Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson said he remains committed to
legislation lifting wolf protections.