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Editorial: Open season on wolves

In Montana and Idaho in 2009, gray wolves were prematurely removed from the federal endangered species list. The decision left these magnificent predators subject to state management plans that were crafted to satisfy hunters and ranchers rather than to protect wolves.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put the survival of wolves in the Northern Rockies at even greater risk by ending federal protections for wolves in Wyoming.

That would be a reasonable move if Wyoming had a sound wolf management plan. But it doesn’t.

Under the agreement, Wyoming will be responsible for maintaining a minimum of 10 breeding pairs of the wolves, and no more 100 wolves total, in a sliver of the state outside of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Hunters will be allowed to kill wolves there during a limited season…

Read the entire article on registerguard.com: Open season on wolves

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