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Wyoming Wolf Plan Rejected by Courts

Thanks to a court ruling, the many wolf packs that travel outside of Yellowstone National Park will be saved from the devastating effects of a plan that would have permitted unregulated killing of the wolves throughout most of their Wyoming range. The state of Wyoming and several livestock and hunting interests had filed suit seeking approval of the state wolf management plan after the US Fish & Wildlife Service rejected it as a virtual death sentence for the wolves.

Earthjustice, representing the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council, intervened to defend the USFWS, and on March 18, 2005, the federal court ruled against the state of Wyoming and its allies. The state is appealing the decision.