Wolf Delisting in Montana and Idaho Imminent
A lawsuit settlement between the Department of the Interior and wolf advocates appears to allow the delisting of wolves in Montana and Idaho. However Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, and Utah will still remain under the Endangered Species Act. Presumably if the settlement is finalized, Idaho and Montana will be able to allow wolf hunting under each state's own wildlife management programs. The Los Angeles Times has a write up on the settlement.
"For too long, wolf management in this country has been caught up in controversy and litigation instead of rooted in science, where it belongs. This proposed settlement provides a path forward," said Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes. Court documents detailing the proposed agreement were filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Montana.