Gov. Mead Comments on Wolf Plan Headed to 2012 Legislature

Gov. Matt Mead
Gov. Matt Mead

In a release from his office Friday, Gov. Matt Mead commented on the upcoming legislative session - specifically on the next step in the state being handed back management of wolves.

Mead says he hopes the legislature takes action in line with statutes to the Dept. of Interior agreement.

Gov. Mead was responsible for drawing up the original plan with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a proposed de-listing rule for wolves in Wyoming earlier this month. Under the plan, 90% of the state would be a "predator zone" where wolves could be shot on site.

The plan requires Wyoming to maintain a population of 100 wolves and at least 10 breeding pair outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation. The plan also implements a flex zone for northern Sublette and Lincoln counties, as well as southern Teton County that would protect wolves in that area from October 15th until the end of the following February.

If no major changes occur and the plan receives final approval next year, the Wyoming Game and Fish would like to begin quota managed hunting in the fall of 2012.

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