Wolves get green light
by StaffWolves will roam wild again in Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho as early as fall. Although 60,000 people opposed wolf reintroduction, 100,000 people told the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service they supported its draft environmental impact statement for wolf recovery. Ed Bangs, project leader for the agency in Missoula, Mont., said many people commented they wanted more protection for wolves. "They thought we had bent over backward to protect ranchers," Bangs told the Idaho Falls Post Register. The 10 breeding pairs released in each area will be designated an experimental population and therefore won't receive full protection under the Endangered Species Act. If they leave their boundaries and prey upon livestock, ranchers can harass wolves in a "noninjurious manner" or even kill them (HCN, 7/26/93).
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