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Wed January 14, 2009
Wyoming officials upset at feds' wolf decision
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming officials say they're disappointed in the federal government's decision to maintain endangered species protections for gray wolves in the state.
The Department of Interior announced Wednesday that federal protections for the predators would be removed in neighboring Idaho and Montana. If enacted, the decision will give those states the authority to manage their wolves.
But the federal government stopped short of giving Wyoming management of its wolves because of concern that Wyoming's management plan wouldn't provide enough protection for wolves.
Wednesday's action was the latest turn in a long dispute over wolf management.
Wyoming Attorney General Bruce Salzburg says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service accepted Wyoming's management plan two years ago. He says it's "probable" the state will challenge the latest federal plan in court.