BOISE - The next big step in removing gray wolves from the endangered species list is now in place. Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published the rule for delisting the wolves on the federal register.
It will take effect on May 4th.
That's when Idaho Fish and Game will officially take over management of the state's estimated 850 wolves. However, the Defenders of Wildlife and 11 other conservation groups plan to challenge the delisting in court.
They argue the management plans in Idaho and Montana allow too many wolves to be killed. Idaho Fish and Game has set a wolf hunting season for this fall, but a lot can happen in court before then.