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Federal officials have appealed a court order that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reconsider whether Wyoming's plan to manage gray wolves is adequate to protect the species.

However, Fish and Wildlife Service assistant regional director Michael Thabault said Tuesday a decision has not been made on whether to pursue the litigation filed with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

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U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne said in November that the federal government was wrong to insist Wyoming change its management plan to give wolves more protection before it would end federal oversight of the species.

Wyoming law to classifies wolves as predators that can be shot on sight outside of Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas. There are at least 320 wolves in the state.

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