Nevada May Legalize Shooting Wolves
Wildlife commissioners are considering classifying wolves in the state of Nevada as unprotected, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. This would place wolves, at least at the state level, in the same class as coyotes.
The discussion was largely prompted by a federal judge's August decision to reinstate wolves as an endangered species in Idaho and Montana and concern the federal government might infringe on Nevada's right to manage wolves, which could threaten big game and livestock.
If Nevada proceeds with changing the wolves status in the state and someone legally shot a wolf in the state, it would still run afoul of federal law and could be punished with up to a $100,000 fine. The wolf issue definitely appears to be growing into a "states rights" battle like medical marijuana. In the case of medical marijuana fifteen states have legalized the prescribing and use of marijuana for treatment of doctor diagnosed conditions. However the possession, use, and distribution of marijuana still remains a serious federal offense. It would be interesting if the federal government decided to crack down on states that potentially legalize the hunting of wolves, but ignores or refuses to prosecute federal anti-drug laws in the same or surrounding states, setting up a selective enforcement of federal law.