Gray wolves once again protected in Wyoming
The State of Wyoming received and reviewed today a 40-page decision by District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in which she reversed the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to transfer management of the gray wolf in Wyoming. Wyoming expects to seek a stay of the decision in conjunction with the creation of an emergency rule which confirms its existing management protocol.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has suspended all sales of gray wolf licenses and will establish a system to refund hunters who have already purchased a 2014 gray wolf license. Hunting in the trophy game area in northwest Wyoming scheduled to begin in October is suspended pending the outcome of the motion for stay. The judge’s decision also impacts year-round hunting in the predator area and landowners protecting livestock and pets.
Governor Mead said, “There are many positives in Judge Jackson’s decision. However, she held that Wyoming’s plan was not sufficiently formalized to support the Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2012 rule allowing limited take of gray wolves. We believe an emergency rule can remedy this, and I have instructed the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Attorney General to proceed accordingly.”
In the meantime the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will immediately provide specific guidance to hunters and other persons with respect to the killing of wolves. Until Judge Jackson’s order is stayed or modified, the killing of wolves in Wyoming will be under the jurisdiction of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
–Governor Mead and Wyoming Game and Fish