While Idaho hunters prepare for their first full weekend of the 2012-2013 wolf hunting season, wolves in Wyoming may soon meet the same fate.
Wyoming wildlife officials say they expect the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make an announcement about the delisting of wolves today. If a delisting plan is filed, the action could take approximately one month to become official, in time for a proposed hunt in Wyoming that would begin Monday, Oct. 1.
Biologists estimate Wyoming has approximately 240 wolves living outside of Yellowstone National Park.
"We appreciate that the Department of Interior remains committed to the goal of turning management over to the state of Wyoming,” Renny MacKay, an assistant to Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, wrote to the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune. “A lot has gone into Wyoming’s wolf delisting efforts. Secretary (Ken) Salazar and Gov. Mead worked hard to reach an agreement.”
Wolves are already delisted in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.