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Federal government ending Wyoming wolf protections

September 1, 2012 • National News


FILE – This image provided by Yellowstone National Park shows a wolf walking through the snow in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to announce Friday Aug. 31, 2012, that it is ending protections for wolves in Wyoming. (AP Photo/Yellowstone National Park, File)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The federal government will end its protections for wolves in Wyoming, where the species was introduced two decades ago to revive it from near extinction in the United States.

The announcement Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service entrusts the state with managing wolf numbers and endorses a plan that allows for them to be shot on sight in most of the state, while keeping them permanently protected in designated areas like Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming will take over management of the wolves at the end of September.

The decision of the announcement quickly sparked promises of legal challenges from environmental groups that argue wolves still need protection to maintain their successful recovery. Dan Ashe, the agency’s director, acknowledged the “emotional reaction to wolf hunting” but said it Login to read more

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