The next step in ending federal protections for wolves in Wyoming could be close.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that state wildlife officials expect the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make an announcement about delisting wolves today, Aug. 31.
Gov. Matt Mead's spokesman Renny MacKay said it usually takes 30 days for such action to become official. So if federal officials announce the plan today, MacKay said it would take effect in time for Wyoming's Oct. 1 wolf hunt.
However, the move could spark legal challenges from environmental groups outraged that the state plans to classify wolves as predators that can be shot on sight in most areas.
An attorney for EarthJustice, Jenny Harbine, said conservation groups may go to court to fight the delisting of wolves.