BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Documents show state officials lobbied for sharp limits on federal protections for gray wolves in the lead-up to the Obama administration’s recent proposal to take the animals off the endangered list across most of the Lower 48.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service documents reveal that state officials pressed their federal counterparts to exclude millions of acres in Colorado and Utah from wolf recovery efforts.
Service biologists earlier identified those states as suitable for wolves. The administration plan unveiled this month retains protections only in a small area of the Southwest.
The internal agency documents were obtained through a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and provided to The Associated Press.
A Fish and Wildlife official insisted that science, not politics, drove the administration’s proposal.
Flesher reported from Traverse City, Mich.
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Bimbo Bakeries announced that it will close its bakery located at 2530 Southeast Drive in Wichita. The company employees 118 people.
Secretary Sebelius orders investigation into botched rollout.
The thefts occurred between 7000 North 143rd Street East and 3000 North 143rd Street East late Saturday and early Sunday.
The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in the appeals of two brothers sentenced to death for murders committed in December 2000.
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KU coach, Bill Self, spoofs "Anchorman" in video
WICHway, the Kansas Department of Transportation's Intelligent Transportation System on Wichita's highways, has a new interactive website that functions on all types of computers plus it is useable on smartphones.