Wyo. wolf meeting set for Thursday

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The boundary where wolves could be hunted in Wyoming will be discussed when Gov. Matt Mead meets with top Interior Department officials in Cheyenne.

Federal officials said Friday that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe will meet with Mead on Thursday.

They will discuss removing wolves from federal protection in Wyoming. Mead's office says that will include where wolves would be fully protected and where they could be shot.

Legislation this spring prompted Fish and Wildlife to remove wolves from Endangered Species Act protection in Idaho, Montana, Utah, Oregon and Washington.

Idaho and Montana are planning wolf hunts but wolves remain protected in Wyoming due to federal concern that Wyoming would allow them to be shot on sight in most of the state.