A court on Tuesday formally lifted endangered species protection for wolves in Wyoming and put the state back in charge of their management, clearing the way for the animals to once again be hunted south and east of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
The order of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia follows a March ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that federal officials adequately responded to concerns about Wyoming's wolf-management plan. Environmental groups declined to appeal.
Gov. Matt Mead praised the order, saying Wyoming officials recognize the need to maintain a healthy wolf population.
"I am delighted that the...