- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

CHEYENNE, WYO. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has filed a formal rule to remove gray wolves from the federal endangered list in Montana and Idaho while leaving them on the list in Wyoming.

The agency filed the rule Wednesday, a day ahead of Thursday’s publication of the delisting in the Federal Register. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has said he would uphold the decision to leave the Wyoming protections in place.

A federal judge last year rejected a plan to allow the animals to be shot on sight in most of the state.

A separate rule also calls for removing protections for wolves in the western Great Lakes.

Earthjustice in Montana says a coalition of environmental groups that shot down last year’s wolf delisting proposal would challenge the new plan this week.

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