Bill would exempt wolves from federal protection

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – U.S. senators from Wyoming, Idaho and Utahare proposing legislation that would strip wolves in the northernRockies of federal endangered species protection.The legislation unveiled Thursday is the latest in a series ofrecent bills all generally aimed at short-circuiting legalopposition from environmental groups opposed to seeing an end tofederal wolf protections.Much of the environmentalists’ concern has centered on Wyoming,where the state has proposed classifying wolves as predators that could be shot on sight in most areas.Wyoming officials say they would welcome removing federalprotections. But environmental groups promise stiff opposition toany congressional effort to sidestep the Endangered Species Act andoffer wolves less protection.

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