CHEYENNE, (AP) - Wyoming is disputing federal claims that the state's plans for managing wolves wouldn't ensure a viable minimum population of the animals. The state on Friday filed what could be its last brief in a lawsuit over wolves before the case goes before U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson in Cheyenne January 29th.
Wyoming sued after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in Montana and Idaho but not Wyoming. Responding to the lawsuit, the Fish and Wildlife Service questioned laws and rules Wyoming has passed in case wolves are removed from endangered species protection in the state. Wyoming says it's being accused of not acting in good faith but it says that's not the case.