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Wolf delisted, hunting opens

Posted: Monday, Oct 1st, 2012

WYOMING – With gray wolves delisted from federal protections as of Monday, Oct. 1, there was remarkably little fanfare to mark the occasion.

There were no notices posted at Wyoming Game and Fish (G&F) or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) and no press releases announcing lawsuits came across the desk. The delisting and management transfer from the federal agency to the state on Monday, as planned in the FWS final rule published in the Federal Register Aug. 31.

“It’s taken effect,” said G&F spokesman Eric Keszler. “Wolves are officially under the Wyoming management today.”

As of Friday, 228 wolf tags were sold in Sublette County and 2,236 statewide, including nonresidents, he said. Conservation groups filed notice they would appeal the delisting, but nothing was announced Monday.

“In spite of all the commotion, it's been very quiet,” Mike Jimenez, FWS Wyoming wolf recovery director, told the Examiner on Monday.

For the complete article see the 10-02-2012 issue.

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