Delisting depends on Wyoming
Well, if anyone was uncertain about Wyoming’s comfort with Federal management of wolves in Wyoming then they need to look no farther. Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal isn’t going to budge on the State’s management plan and it is unlikely that a new governor or legislature will either.
EarthJustice attorney Doug Honnold makes it pretty clear.
“The law says that if a species is endangered in any significant portion, then the species, or the population in this case, needs to be listed. So somehow, Wyoming has to be part of the picture.”
On its face, Wyoming’s plan is faulty because it is unlikely to maintain even the minimum number of wolves if it is implemented. Wolves in Yellowstone have been in decline due to disease, mange, and inter-pack rivalry. It is an inadequate regulatory mechanism that renders wolves endangered in a significant portion of their range.
Wyoming officials not inclined to act on wolves.