BOISE -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he is upholding a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove gray wolves in the Northern Rockies and the Great Lakes from the federal endangered list.
Salazar said Friday wolves would remain a protected species in Wyoming because its law and management plans are not strong enough.
He says the Endangered Species Act successfully had kept the wolf from going extinct in the two regions.
Gov. Otter says the Interior Secretary's decision to uphold the removal of gray wolves from the Endangered Species list will benefit Idaho.
Otter told reporters Friday that allowing the state to manage wolves will be a boon to the $35 million hunting and fishing industry.
Ken Salazar's decision gives Idaho and other states the responsibility for managing wolves under plans already approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. There are an estimated 850 wolves in Idaho.
Wolves in Montana and Idaho had been removed from the list in January. President Barack Obama stalled the change after his inauguration in order to review all executive orders made before he took office.
Otter said he still wants the first available wolf hunting tag.