CHEYENNE, (AP) - The state of Wyoming wants a judge to end federal management of gray wolves in the state. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne heard arguments Friday in a lawsuit the state of Wyoming filed against U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The federal agency last year removed wolves in Idaho and Montana from the endangered species list while leaving them protected in Wyoming. Wyoming says politics drove the agency's decision to reject a state's plan to classify wolves as predators that could be shot on sight in most of the state. The state says it would maintain at least minimum wolf numbers.
A federal lawyer told Johnson the federal agency rejected the
state's plan because it didn't guarantee a continued minimum wolf population.