By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large
In late April, the US Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington entered its final decision regarding the management of wolves in Wyoming
, upholding the state's management plan. The management of wolves was returned to the state of Wyoming shortly afterward. Wyoming's approved wolf management plan includes full protection in national parks, limited hunting under quota in a "trophy game management area" in the northwest part of the state, and an open season in the "predator zone" throughout much of the state.
Although wolves can be removed in the predator zone, the truth is that few wolves live in that area. The approval for removal is designed to prevent future conflicts in what in reality isn't good wolf habitat.
Meanwhile, because of the legal issues, hunting in the trophy game management area has not yet been reinstituted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission. The Game and Fish Department has identified a quota and was scheduled to make a recommendation at the late July commission meeting (too late for publication here)....