Wolf lawsuits grow

Wyoming groups sue, challenging delisting plan for leaving Wyoming out.

Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Wyoming Wool Growers Association, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife Wyoming, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation, and the Wyoming Outfitters and Guides Association and others have asked to join the lawsuit asking that Wyoming be included in the wolf delisting plan.

Wyoming’s wolf management plan has been rejected because it does not provide enough protection to wolves that leave the “trophy hunting area”.

Last year, when wolves were delisted for a short period, a number of wolves were hunted down on snowmobiles and shot. Also the famous Druid wolf 253M that went to Utah and later settled near one of the elk feedgrounds was shot and left.

Wolf lawsuits grow
Casper Star Tribune



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  1. Rick Hammel Avatar
    Rick Hammel

    So. What is new? The livestock industry and their cohorts, the so called hunting groups, want to be included in the delisting process. They should have a long discussion with their state legislators and come up with an acceptable management plan But I don’t see that happening in my lifetime.


  2. ProWolf in WY Avatar
    ProWolf in WY

    Of course Wyoming is suing. I agree with you Rick, what else is new? Wolves will continue to be on the endangered list with this mentality and will probably remain so after the Obama administration if Wyoming doesn’t get serious.

  3. Brian Ertz Avatar

    from the article:

    The violations include the agency’s failure to follow and implement the federal wolf recovery plan that formed the basis for the original reintroduction of the non-native gray wolf into the greater Yellowstone area.

    (emphasis added)

    lazy reporting

  4. ProWolf in WY Avatar
    ProWolf in WY

    What do you mean by lazy reporting?

  5. Ken Cole Avatar

    They are native wolves not “non-native” wolves

  6. Virginia Avatar

    The all-knowing Park County Commissioners plan to join the challenge in court to the federal plan to remove wolves from the endangered species list in MT and ID but not in Wyoming. The county attorney was quoted as saying that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “failed to adequately explain its decision” to keep gray wolves listed as endangered in WY. Can anyone address this claim by the county?


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