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New York Times Editorial: Way of the Wolf in Wyoming

[large thumbnail url=”new-york-times-editorial-way-of-the-wolf-in-wyoming” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”09″ day=”23″] [thumbnail icon url=”new-york-times-editorial-way-of-the-wolf-in-wyoming” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”09″ day=”23″] Wolves remain on the endangered species list in one state: Wyoming. That protection is about to go away after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar cut a bad deal with Wyoming’s governor, Matt Mead, to turn wolf management over to the state.

Wyoming got nearly everything it wanted. The federal Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the status of endangered species, got almost nothing. And wolves will lose out entirely. The state is obliged to keep only 100 of its 340 wolves alive, including 10 breeding pairs.

Under the new plan, wolves can be shot, without a license, anywhere in the state, with two exceptions. In the northwest part of Wyoming — near Yellowstone National Park — they can be shot only with a license. And in parts of three western counties, wolves will be protected from Oct. 15 to the end of February, to allow the possibility of genetic mingling with other packs in other states…

Read the entire editorial on nytimes.com: Way of the Wolf in Wyoming

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