WPR News
8:59 am
Mon December 25, 2006

Wolf Plan a "Deal Breaker"

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Stock Growers Association says the federal government's latest wolf proposal is unacceptable. The plan would designate a permanent area in northwestern Wyoming where the state could manage wolves as trophy game animals. Jim Magagna is executive vice president of the Stock Growers Association. He says that designating the wolves as protected game animals in the area, as opposed to predators that could be shot on sight, is quote "a deal breaker." The area would stretch from Cody to Meeteetse. The US Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal is meant to end the stand-off between the federal government and the state over wolves. The dispute between Wyoming and federal officials has prevented removing wolves from Endangered Species Act protections in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.