By Elsa Heidorn
Laramie, WY – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made a proposal to remove the grey wolf from the list of endangered species in the Northern Rocky Mountain region by the end of the year. The region includes Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. But Wyoming will be excluded from the de-listing if state officials fail to come up with an acceptable wolf management plan. The Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dale Hall, said today that he's pleased with compromises his side made this year. "But I want to be clear about one thing. Our essential position on what we need to see in a post-delisting management regime is unchanged," he said. "The Service has not wavered from its biological findings in 2004 when it rejected Wyoming's proposed strategy for wolf management," he added. Governor Freudenthal said in a statement today that he's still concerned that Wyoming will not be given enough flexibility to manage wolves that are killing too many elk and moose. But the state may be running out of time. For Wyoming to be included in the federal de-listing, the Wyoming legislature must create a federally-acceptable wolf plan before it adjourns in early March.