The fate of legislation to lift federal protections for endangered gray wolves remained unclear late Monday. Environmentalists were seeking to derail the proposal even as some lawmakers pushed to broaden its reach.
Members of Wyoming's Congressional delegation said they were seeking to include their state in a budget bill rider that would allow wolf hunting in Idaho and Montana. Representatives of the advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife pledged to fight any wolf legislation "until it's a done deal."
Western lawmakers on Saturday announced the provision to revoke the wolf's endangered status across most of the Northern Rockies. That came the same day a judge struck down a proposed wolf settlement between the Obama administration and some wildlife advocates.
Details on the budget bill were to be released late Monday night.