Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch recently introduced legislation to remove the gray wolf from being listed as a threatened or endangered species in the states of Idaho and Montana. The act is titled the State Wolf Management Act of 2010.

Crapo and Risch argue that the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) has already communicated to wildlife officials in Idaho and Montana that they have complied with recovery efforts for wolf populations, and those efforts should result in wolf management being turned over to state control as federal agencies planned.

A federal judge in Montana ruled against those plans by saying wolves in Wyoming were also covered under the same rules. The Risch-Crapo legislation separates the Idaho and Montana wolves, plus some in adjoining Washington, Oregon and Utah, from the Wyoming wolves when it comes to protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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