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Western govs, Interior secretary talk wolves

Published on November 30, 2010 3:01AM

Last changed on November 30, 2010 6:20AM

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- The governors of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are meeting with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in Denver to talk about wolf management.

Monday's meeting comes after the states have been denied permission to hunt gray wolves, by both a federal judge and Salazar's agency. All three states are anxious to reduce wolf numbers to protect other wildlife and reduce livestock attacks.

But environmental groups have blocked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from turning wolf management over to the states.

A federal judge in Wyoming recently ruled that the federal wildlife agency was wrong to reject that state's wolf management plan. Wyoming has proposed to classify wolves as predators that could be shot on sight in most of the state.

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