CASPER, Wyo. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is undertaking a comprehensive status review of the gray wolf in the western United States, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
As that effort gets underway, Governor Mark Gordon is expressing confidence that Wyoming has an appropriate wolf management policy in place.
“Wyoming has managed wolves according to our plan, and that plan has been sufficient to satisfy wolf population targets while allowing producers to take appropriate measures to protect livestock,” Gordon is cited as saying in Game and Fish’s Thursday news release. “Ours was a hard-fought and careful process that resulted in a unique plan that works. If it’s not broken, we don’t need to fix it. Wyoming will stand by our plan, which is supported with unassailable data.”
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“We respect all states’ abilities to manage wildlife within their borders. This is just another example of a Federal action which attempts to usurp states’ authorities.”