CHEYENNE (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its plan to remove wolves in Wyoming from federal protection and allow them to be shot on sight in most of the state.
The agency says the draft plan posted online Tuesday opens the way for Wyoming's wolves to be removed from the endangered list perhaps next summer and no later than a year from now.
The Wyoming Legislature would need to approve the plan first. The full Legislature is scheduled to meet in February.
Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in the mid-1990's and removed from federal protection in Montana and Idaho earlier this year. Under the plan in Wyoming, wolves could be killed on sight outside the Yellowstone region.
About 300 wolves live in Wyoming and there are some 1,600 across the region.