By Peter O'Dowd
Laramie, WY – Wyoming has signed an agreement with the federal government that will give the state more sway in the process of listing or delisting endangered species.
Governor Dave Freudenthal announced the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will join the US Fish and Wildlife Service when federal decisions are being made on protecting certain animals.
"These are always decisions made by federal law through the Fish and Wildlife Service. So there is no transfer of authority, but it does give us the opportunity to participate in the discussion leading up the decision in a way we have been doing recently, but we want to make sure it continues," Freudenthal said.
The agreement also allows the state and the federal government to coordinate with law enforcement, experimental population research, and monitoring of de-listed species. Wyoming is just the second state in the nation behind Arizona to sign such an agreement.