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Wolves, no longer endangered in Wyoming, now labeled ‘predators’

(MSNBC) The gray wolf, soon to be off the endangered species list in Wyoming, will have a new official title in 86 percent of the state: predator. That means anyone may shoot a wolf on sight, no permit required.Safe havens do remain in the northwestern corner of the state — no hunting will be allowed in Yellowstone or Grand Teton national parks — but now conservationists worry that sportsmen will be allowed to take aim at wolves traveling through the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway, a 24,000-acre area that connects the two larger parks.

The state of Wyoming wants hunting; the National Park Service does not.

“We want to preserve wildlife for viewing and for conservation,” said Bert Frost, associate director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science for the National Park Service. “We would prefer not to have them shooting wolves on the parkway.”

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