WY and Feds Clarify Stance on Wolf Plan

Cheyenne, WY – The state and federal governments are in negotiations over managing wolves this month, and both sides are trying to clarify their positions. On January 8th Wyoming sent a letter to the US Fish and Wildlife Service. It contained dozens of questions about what the federal government will or won't do if Wyoming compromises. The response to that letter just came out. It says the federal government is planning to propose taking wolves off the endangered species list this month. And within a year that may take affect. In the interim the federal government will not kill wolves to reduce their population to target levels and will not pay for dead wildlife. If Wyoming compromises on where wolves can be killed on sight, the state could this year, control wolves that are killing livestock or reducing wildlife, like elk.