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Eyes of the nation will be on Idaho, Montana wolf managers

Jeff Welsch, the communications director for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in Bozeman, wrote a guest column for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle regarding the next few months and years of state-run wolf management.

A major new chapter is beginning in the Northern Rockies wolf saga.

By summer, the gray wolf will again be taken off the Endangered Species list in Montana and Idaho, the result of Congress attaching a rider to budget legislation directing the Secretary of Interior to remove protections in these two states and parts of Utah, Oregon and Washington.

This decision returns daily management to Montana and Idaho. Now a great deal of work lies ahead for the states’ wildlife agencies and governors.

The battles over gray wolves have been among the most controversial in this region in years. The public, on both sides of the issue, is fully engaged. Americans who cherish wildlife will be watching closely to see how both states choose to manage wolves over the next decade…

Read the entire editorial on bozemandailychronicle.com: Eye of the nation will be on Idaho, Montana wolf managers

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