Governor Mead Disappointed With Latest Ruling on Wolves
Governor Matt Mead said he is disappointed in U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s ruling Tuesday which remanded wolf managment back to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Governor Mead in a news release said "Wyoming has been successful in its management of gray wolves. There were more wolves in Wyoming at the end of 2013 than in 2012. Wyoming has managed wolves well above the minimum and buffer population numbers. He added that “overturning the USFW delisting decision on a technicality highlights Wyoming’s concerns with the Endangered Species Act”.
Mead said his office will work with the Attorney General and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to examine the best way to re-establish Wyoming’s management of wolves.
In light of Judge Jackson's decision, the Wyoming Game and Fish Deparment has suspended all sales of gray wolf licenses and will establish a system to refund hunters who have already purchased a 2014 gray wolf license. Hunting in the trophy game area in northwest Wyoming was scheduled to begin October 1.