By Bob Beck
Jackson, Wy – Final comments are due today concerning a new wolf de-listing rule that the U-S Fish and Wildlife service is putting together. Wyoming officials believe that the service is leaning towards de-listing the wolves only in Idaho and Montana. Wolf Recovery coordinator Ed Bangs admits that the main hangup is Wyoming's interest in calling wolves predators,which allows them to be shot on site when they leave a zone in northwest Wyoming. Governor Dave Freudenthal is accusing the fish and wildlife service of racing to get its rule in place before the Bush administration leaves Office. Bangs admits that they are moving quickly and says they want a rule in place, by the end of December.
Wyoming legislators cannot change their wolf management plan until they meet in January, but a legislative committee expressed it's opposition to getting rid of the wolves predator status.