Cheyenne, WY (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead says a survey showing Wyoming's wolf population is stable proves ending federal protections for the animals and placing them under state management was the right move.
Mead on Tuesday released a report stating there were at least 306 wolves in Wyoming at the end of 2013. He says the report shows the state has met its commitment to maintain minimum wolf populations.
Wyoming took over wolf management in late 2012 after the federal government ruled they no longer needed Endangered Species Act protections.
Conservation groups are pressing federal lawsuits challenging the end of federal protections for Wyoming's wolves. Wyoming classifies wolves as predators that may be shot on sight in most areas and hunters have killed scores of wolves since the start of state management.
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