The best chance for Gray Wolves to be taken off the Endangered Species list, now lies with Congress thru an amendment in the Budget bill. For the record, Earthjustice says this would be the first time a species has ever been removed from the Endangered Species list by Congress.
But what isn't getting as much press is that removing wolves from the Endangered Species list is not the end of troubles for game officials and livestock producers.
If you heard my Legislative report over the weekend you heard me say that the current program that is supposed to pay for damage by wolves is seriously underfunded. Senator Lew Jones said he testified in favor of HB 622 to allocate money out of the State general fund to ensure quick and timely payment to livestock producers for wolf kills.