The Department of Interior and a majority of environmental groups who are suing the Fish and Wildlife Service over wolf management, plan to settle ongoing litigation, which could lead to delisting wolves from the Endangered Species Act. If the Fish and Wildlife Service is able to negotiate a management plan with Wyoming then it could also lead to delisting wolves in the Cowboy State and all of the northern Rocky Mountains.
U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, want Wyoming to have equal footing in the delisting process. Enzi said he was pleased with the fact that the Department of Interior and some environmental groups have agreed not to file more lawsuits to block the proposal, and have acknowledged that the wolf is recovered in the Rocky Mountain Region. Enzi cautioned that this announcement does not end the wolf saga and he pledged to continue his efforts to ensure the wolf is delisted in Wyoming.
Enzi and Barrasso sent a letter to Senate appropriators Friday, encouraging them to work with the Wyoming Senators to ensure that any wolf language in future spending bills includes delisting wolves in Wyoming.