The Natural Resource Defense Council filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Wyoming last week alleging the wolf management plan currently enforced by the state will not enable survival of the species. Wolves were removed from the Endangered Species List earlier this year. Rebecca Riley, an attorney with the NRDC, says the litigation has been brewing for a long time, and says the species management plan currently in effect is frighteningly similar to plans that were previously rejected.
Aside from the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park areas, Wyoming wolves can be shot on site with no license or permit, and the Game and Fish does require kills to be reported. Officials have said regulation is not necessary in the rest of the state because the habitat is inherently unsuitable for the species to thrive. Riley says successful conservation would entail a population of approximately 300 wolves dispersed throughout the state. Current regulations require maintenance of only 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs.
To date, 16 wolves have been reported killed outside the trophy game area. One was wearing a radio tracking collar, which means it was attempting to migrate out of the regulated area.