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Thu February 2, 2006
Wyoming Not Likely To Change Wolf Management Plan
Laramie, Wy – The federal Government is going to move forward with plans to lift endangered species protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies. But they say the holdup could come from the state of Wyoming. The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service are at odds with the state over its wolf management plan and official say that delisting won't occur unless Wyoming fixes its plan. That does not sit well with the Wyoming Farm Bureau's Ken Hamilton, who says the state plan is more then adequate. He calls the governments calls for changes nothing short of blackmail. Bryce Reese of the Wyoming Woolgrowers points out that a peer review approved Wyoming's plan. He adds that high ranking Washington officials in the Department of Interior only rejected it because they feared lawsuits. Governor Freudenthal also thinks Wyoming's Management option is adequate and he does not support changing it. He doubts the legislature will either.