CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has voted to allow hunters to kill up to 52 wolves in the state this fall. Governor Matt Mead told reporters on Wednesday that he's hopeful Congress will act to exempt the state's wolf management plan from any legal challenges from environmental groups. Congress earlier extended such protection to earlier wolf de-listing actions in Idaho and Montana.
Mead says he's heard that environmental groups are intent on suing to try to block Wyoming's wolf plan. Jenny Harbine is a lawyer with Earthjustice in Bozeman, Montana. The group has mounted legal challenges to wolf de-listing efforts before. Harbine says it's too early to say whether her group or its clients will challenge Wyoming's wolf plan until the plan receives final federal approval this fall.