Wolves to be Delisted by End of August
Wolves will soon be taken off the endangered species list in Wyoming. The federal government will announce an end to protections for wolves at the end of August.
Earlier this year, Governor Mead signed a bill that reflects an agreement worked out with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Under the plan, wolves will be protected in a flexible zone around Yellowstone National Park. In the rest of the state, they will be classified as predators that could be shot on sight.
The state will be required to maintain at least 10 breeding pairs of wolves and 100 individual animals outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Reservation.
Environmental groups say they are likely to sue over the new rule that allows the animals to be shot.
Currently in Wyoming, there are around 270 wolves outside of Yellowstone.