Laramie, Wy – The federal Government contends that Wyoming has no legal standing in the dispute over the Department of Interiors rejection of Wyoming's wolf management plan. Attorney General Pat Crank says the jumped out at him as he read the answer to Wyoming's lawsuit in the case. Crank strongly disagrees with that view. He thinks the federal government should focus on whether the rejection of the wolf plan is justified under the merits of the Endangered Species act.
Wyoming is suing over the rejection of its wolf management plan saying that it occurred because of both political and outside legal concerns. Federal officials say Wyoming was going to treat wandering wolves as predators and that was not proper management. But the state contends that its plan was based on science and was approved during a peer review.