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 Possible Solution To Wolf Management Plan?, December 14, 2006
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Posted: Dec 15 2006, 04:28 PM


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By JARED MILLER
Star-Tribune capital bureau


CHEYENNE—Hoping to resolve the standoff over Wyoming's wolf management plan without further litigation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has quietly suggested what it hopes will be a compromise solution.

The plan would alter somewhat the boundary of the wolf safe zone in northwest Wyoming, while potentially allowing Wyoming to manage wolves as predators in the rest of the state.

Mitch King, director of the Fish and Wildlife Service's Mountain-Prairie Region, based in Denver, suggested the idea to state officials about a month ago, said Ed Bangs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wolf recovery coordinator.

Wyoming's standoff with the federal government over wolves has stalled delisting of the animals in the three-state area where reintroduction occurred. Wyoming's federal lawsuit challenging the rejection of its wolf management plan could take years to reach resolution, officials have said.

“We're thinking maybe this will spark some new discussion with Wyoming on a way to move forward and get delisting done, because that's where everybody wants to go,” Bangs said.
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