Just about everyone in western Wyoming agrees that things will change if a long-awaited wolf agreement between the federal government and the state is approved.

But there are drastically different viewpoints from local residents about whether the area will benefit from or be hurt by the plan, which would remove the state’s roughly 340 wolves from the endangered-species list and put them under state control.

Ranchers and outfitters say state management of wolves, which would allow unregulated killing of the animals in all but the northwest corner of the state, can’t come soon enough. Wolves have killed off their livestock and decimated moose and elk herds in the region, they say, and the federal government has, until now, prevented them from doing anything about it.

Under the so-called dual-status plan, agreed to last week by the state of Wyoming and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, wolves in the northwest part of the state would be protected as trophy game, meaning they could be hunted only with a license.

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