Washington to manage wolves within borders after fed action

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington will take over management of most wolves within its borders early next year, after the U.S. government announced Thursday that gray wolves in the Lower 48 states would be delisted from the federal Endangered Species Act.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife and Indian tribes have for years been managing a growing population of wolves in the eastern third of the state.

The DFW often finds itself in the middle of conflicts between ranchers and environmentalists when wolves eat livestock.

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