Gray Wolves removed from endangered list in Montana and Idaho
Gray wolves have been removed today from the endangered species list in Montana and Idaho, after a ruling by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, however they will still be protected in Wyoming.
This is angering the state of Wyoming, who want to have control over the numbers and they want to classify them as predators that can be shot on sight or managed as trophy game.
Wyoming is planning to sue, stating that the federal protections are inadequate.
Doug Honnold, a lawyer with Earthjustice in Montana — the law firm representing conservation groups — said they were "going to fight until we can get to legitimate recovery. We think that the population is close to appropriate recovery levels, but it's not there yet."
Ed Bangs, wolf recovery coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Montana, said the agency expected the legal challenges.
"We know we're going to be in litigation over this whole thing," he said.
Wyoming is objecting to the fact that the Fish and Wildlife Service says they must have 15 breeding pairs and at least 150 wolves, but the new rule states that they should also have at least seven breeding pairs and 70 wolves outside of Yellowstone and Grand Tenton national parks as well.
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