Wolf Management Bill Approved

Feb 24, 2012

A Wyoming wolf management bill has been approved by the State Senate.  The compromise measure that allows wolves to be shot on sight in most of the state and hunted in a small area of the state in western Wyoming, is the first key step in allowing the state to join Idaho and Montana in managing wolf populations located within state boundaries.  Senator Bruce Burns carried the bill and says citizen feedback has been mostly positive.

"I think we are ready for a compromise," said Burns. "I think this is as a result of a lot of work the governor has done and I think he's done a good job there.  Not only with legislators but with other other stakeholders through the state."

The bill now goes to the House.  Burns says if the compromise goes into law, federal officials have told him that Wyoming could start managing wolves by October.