"Feds assure grizzly progress"

“SUNDANCE — Depending on how potential litigation plays out, management of the grizzly bear could be back in the hands of state officials — and the bear itself back in the gunsights of hunters — by 2008.”

That’s progress? It seems return to state management of endangered or threatened species always means “now we get to kill them.” How come killing is management?

This is from the Casper Star Tribune’s report on the recent Wyoming Game and Fish Committee meeting at Sundance, Wyoming.

That’s the meeting where the department director said wolves in Wyoming are not hurting the size of the elk population, but confidently predicted that wolves will hurt the herds someday, maybe even soon, if Wyoming doesn’t get to kill a whole bunch of them too.