Wolves Roaming into Wyoming Face ‘Shoot on Sight’ Policy

Colorado’s Wolf Release

Colorado recently released five gray wolves into Grand County, a move prompted by a voter-mandated reintroduction plan.

However, these wolves lose their ‘protected’ status once they cross into Wyoming, where they’re classified as predators.

Concerns of Wyoming Ranchers

Ranchers in Wyoming are deeply concerned about the potential threat these wolves pose to their livestock.

They’ve declared an intention to shoot any wolves that cross state lines, emphasizing the loss of protection once they enter Wyoming.

Challenges and Differences

The release was shrouded in secrecy, causing challenges for ranchers near the border due to varying state policies.

Wyoming ranchers fear the lack of compensation for livestock losses, unlike their counterparts in Colorado.

Clash of Policies

While Colorado ranchers will receive compensation for livestock harmed by the wolves, Wyoming ranchers won’t enjoy the same benefits.

This stark contrast in policies between the two states creates friction and concerns among Wyoming livestock owners.

Legal Battles and Releases

Despite legal challenges from ranchers in Colorado, a federal judge denied their request to delay the wolf release.

The judge cited insufficient reasoning to halt the reintroduction despite concerns raised by the livestock operators.

Future of Wolf Reintroduction

This release marks the start of an ambitious reintroduction program, aiming to bring back wolves despite opposition from ranchers.

The program plans to release more wolves in the coming months, further escalating tensions between ranchers and wildlife conservation efforts.

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