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Wyoming wolf plan draws critics of predator law

[large thumbnail url=”wyoming-wolf-plan-draws-critics-of-predator-law” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”09″ day=”02″] [thumbnail icon url=”wyoming-wolf-plan-draws-critics-of-predator-law” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”09″ day=”02″] The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would likely accept changes to a deal with Wyoming that would prohibit indiscriminate killing of wolves throughout Teton County, a county commissioner said last week.

Teton County Commissioner Hank Phibbs made the comments Aug. 24 at a meeting on the draft Wyoming Gray Wolf Management Plan in Jackson.

Phibbs’ comments came after Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and Fish and Wildlife struck a deal that would allow the indiscriminate killing of wolves south of Highway 22 most of the year. The deal draws the line between a trophy game zone and a predator zone along the highway and down U.S. 191.

Wolves outside the boundary — in places such as South Park and Red Top Meadows — would be considered predators that could be killed by any means, without a license. In winter, the boundary would move south so wolves could disperse into Idaho…

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