Governor Matt Mead said he is encouraged that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is set to turn management of wolves over to Wyoming.
The Fish and Wildlife's announcement that they will publish a proposed de-listing rule for wolves means that within a year, with wolves off of the Endangered Species List, the State would be responsible for managing wolves.
Under the plan, 90% of the state would be classified as a predator zone where wolves could be shot on site year-round. Only in the northwest part of Wyoming would people be required to obtain a license to hunt wolves.
The plan also requires Wyoming to maintain a population of 100 wolves and at least ten breeding pair outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation.