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Feds to hand wolves to states.. KEYWORDS: wolf management wolves Idaho wolves Montana wolves Wyoming wolves endangered species act +wolves endangered species +wolf

AUTHOR: Rachel Odell, High Country News

Idaho and Montana are poised to take greater control of gray wolves, but the Nez Perce Tribe, and some environmentalists, are resisting.

In early January, Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced that the federal government will give Idaho and Montana more control over threatened gray wolves, declaring that the 10-year-old wolf reintroduction program had been a success that "exceeded all of our expectations." The management shift, which results from a change to the Endangered Species Act’s "10j" rule, will make it easier for ranchers in Montana and Idaho to kill wolves threatening livestock on private and public land.

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