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Native American Tribes Demand Protection Of Gray Wolves Amid Loosened Hunting Regulations

A gray wolf howling.
Kristen Stanton
A gray wolf howling.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dozens of American Indian tribes, including in Montana and Wyoming, are demanding the Biden administration enact emergency protections for gray wolves.

Groups representing the tribes sent a letter Tuesday to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland asking her to place wolves back on the endangered species list on an emergency basis for 240 days. The groups say the tribes consider the wolf sacred and the animal faces immediate threats in states that have enacted “anti-wolf” policies.

The tribes accuse the federal government of failing to listen to their concerns about removing the wolf from the endangered species list.

The Washington Post reports one of the groups represented by the letter is the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council which includes tribes in Montana and Wyoming.

The letter doesn't name any states or policies, but it comes after Wisconsin hunters blew past their kill quotas in that state's spring season and legislators in Idaho and Montana loosened wolf hunting rules.

Kay Erickson has been working in broadcasting in Billings for more than 20 years. She spent well over a decade as news assignment editor at KTVQ-TV before joining the staff at YPR. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a degree in broadcast journalism. Shortly after graduation she worked in Great Falls where she was one of the first female sports anchor and reporter in Montana.