U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy Thursday reinstated Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in Montana and Idaho, saying the government made a political decision in removing the protection from just two of the three states where Rocky Mountain wolves are located. Molloy said in his ruling that the entire Rocky Mountain wolf population, including the animals in Wyoming, either must be listed as an endangered species or removed from the list. He went on to say that protections for the same population can't be different for each state.
Wyoming Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Mead was in Sheridan Friday and he provided us with his opinion on what kind of an effect the ruling will have on the Cowboy State.
Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service turned over wolf management to Montana and Idaho wildlife officials but left federal endangered species protection in place for wolves in Wyoming, where state law is considered hostile to the animals' survival.
Be sure to join us Monday, when we'll hear more from Mead on a couple of other important issues that range from gun rights to Sarah Palin.