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Federal government to continue monitoring gray wolves

[large thumbnail url=”federal-government-to-continue-monitoring-gray-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”09″] [thumbnail icon url=”federal-government-to-continue-monitoring-gray-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”09″]¬†Thursday’s announcement that gray wolves are back under state management in Montana and Idaho also included a warning: The federal government is watching.

“We will continue monitoring gray wolves to ensure those populations remain robust,” Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes said during a news conference call. “We will continue to follow the Endangered Species Act in Montana and Idaho.”

That was welcome news to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Agency spokesman Ron Aasheim said the department’s wolf management program was closely linked to support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“The vast majority of our money has been federal money,” Aasheim said. “That’s paid for management, staff and wolf specialists in the field. We know we have money through September. Now we’re working to secure money for the future.”

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