Wolf delisting on track
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
March 5, 2008
Wolf delisting is proceeding forward, with state management of wolves set to go into effect on March 28.
State officials have requested that the state's wolf lawsuit be dismissed, and have also provided the certification that allows Wyoming's wolf law to go into effect and the state plan to be implemented.
The final wolf delisting rule was published in the Federal Register on February 27, 2008 and will take effect in 30 days, on March 28, 2008, barring a court injunction.
Environmental and animal rights organizations have sent their notice of intent to sue over wolf delisting, but there is a required 60-day period before the lawsuit can be filed. Whether they seek an emergency injunction from a federal court to halt the state plan from going into effect, or to keep hunters from killing wolves, is yet to be seen.