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Teton County’s request to extend wolf protections not being supported by Wyoming

[large thumbnail url=”teton-countys-request-to-extend-wolf-protections-not-being-supported-by-wyoming” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”08″ day=”01″] [thumbnail icon url=teton-countys-request-to-extend-wolf-protections-not-being-supported-by-wyoming” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”08″ day=”01″] CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Associated Press) — Wyoming officials say they aren’t getting behind a last-minute effort by Teton County to prevent wolves from being shot on sight there, saying they’ve all but reached a deal with the Interior Department on a plan to remove wolves in Wyoming from endangered species protection.

At issue is the proposed boundary of a year-round zone in northwest Wyoming where wolves would be protected and in certain areas classified as trophy game subject to regulated hunting. Outside that zone, wolves would be classified as predators that could be shot on sight.

Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park starting in the mid-1990s. There are now about 1,600 wolves in the Northern Rockies, including some 340 in Wyoming.

The core habitat zone for wolves in the Yellowstone region — an area that encompasses Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks — has been a key part of the discussion of wolves’ status in Wyoming for years…

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