The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a plan Tuesday to remove wolves in Wyoming from federal protection and allow them to be shot on sight in most of the state.
The draft plan posted online and set for publication in the Federal Register on Wednesday opens the way for Wyoming’s wolves to be removed from the endangered list perhaps next summer and no later than a year from now.
The proposal follows a delisting framework that Fish and Wildlife and Wyoming officials agreed to last summer after months of negotiations.
“We’ve obviously put a little bit more meat on the bone from the principle of the agreement,” said Michael Thabault, assistant regional director for ecological services for the Fish and Wildlife Service Mountain Prairie Region. “But substantively it’s the same.”