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Bryce Reece, executive vice president of the Wyoming Wool Growers Association, said ranchers for too long had their hands tied in trying to stop wolves attacking their livestock.

“The reality is my folks aren’t in any big rush to get there to try to kill a wolf. They just want the ability to protect their livestock,” Reece said. “We are hopeful, by putting some pressure on them, they’ll move back into areas where it’s less habited and there’s less livestock.”

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Associated Press writer Matthew Brown contributed to this report from Billings, Mont.