CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Environmental groups have filed a third federal lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's move to end federal protections for wolves in Wyoming. The Humane Society of the United States and the Fund for Animals filed suit Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
The groups say Wyoming's management plan classifying wolves as predators that can be shot on sight in most of the state is inadequate. They want the court to reinstate federal protections. Two other similar lawsuits filed by environmental groups also are pending, one in the same federal court in Washington and another in federal court in Denver. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has said state management is adequate to maintain set minimum wolf populations. He wants all three lawsuits moved to Wyoming.