Commissioners support wolf management plan
Editor's note: The issues with Wyoming's flawed wolf plan don't lie in Park County, which will be part of the so-called trophy-game zone. It's the predator zone where wolves can be killed for any reason, in any matter, that's at the heart of the problem. The predator zone represents 86 percent of the state.
Long wary of growing wolf numbers in the state, the Park County Commission has thrown its full support behind a plan to reduce the animals’ population in Wyoming.
Commissioners unanimously voted at their April 3 meeting to send a letter “firmly supporting” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to delist wolves in the state and let the Wyoming Game and Fish Department manage them.
“We believe our Game and Fish Department’s unequalled expertise of big game management speaks for itself and feel confident they will provide whatever assurances and results the delisting requirements demand,” says a portion of the letter sent to Aaron Clark, the president of the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission. In the letter, Park County commissioners said they understand the management will be subject to change based on many factors.
Commissioner Joe Tilden, who drafted the letter, said the plan the Game and Fish has outlined for the first year is “extremely conservative.”
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