Wolf delisting announcement imminent

Aug 31, 2012 The Associated Press

The next step in ending federal protections for wolves in Wyoming could be close.

State wildlife officials expect the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make an announcement about delisting wolves on Friday.

Gov. Matt Mead's spokesman Renny MacKay said it usually takes 30 days for such action to become official. So if federal officials announce the plan Friday, MacKay said it would take effect in time for Wyoming's Oct. 1 wolf hunt.

However, the move could spark legal challenges from environmental groups outraged that the state plans to classify wolves as predators that can be shot on sight in most areas.

An attorney for EarthJustice, Jenny Harbine, said conservation groups may got to court to fight the delisting of wolves.

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