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The National Park Service is being urged through a petition filed by the National Parks Conservation Association to set rules about wolf hunts.  The petition asks that regulations be set to protect gray wolves from being hunted inside the John D. Rockefeller Jr., Memorial Parkway, which connects Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.  Association Program Manager Sharon Mader says although the state chose not to allow hunting in the parkway last fall, it did claim authority and will review the decision each year – so the rules need to be clarified. Mader says, “We very much respect the State of Wyoming and their authority to hunt outside of park boundaries. We do not believe that, that right extends to within park boundaries. This is an important step that the park service needs to take to protect their wildlife management authority and to safeguard and protect wolves on park lands in the future.” Mader says the Park Service expressed serious concerns about wolf hunting in the Parkway because it’s a wildlife corridor, but it’s been eight months and nothing has happened.  The Association petition claims that rule-making should have been triggered with wolf delisting in Wyoming, and it seeks formal action now.

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