PHOENIX - The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a Senate bill allowing ranchers to kill endangered wolves in self-defense.
Senate Bill 1211 would allow livestock owners to kill a Mexican gray wolf if one was caught attacking livestock or a person.
Wildlife activists say the bill violates the federal Endangered Species Act. But a staff attorney says the bill has been watered down and now meets constitutional requirements.
A separate bill approved by both chambers sets up a reimbursement fund for ranchers who lose cattle to wolves. It stills final action.
Proponents say the federal government is overstepping its boundaries with its wolf-recovery program in Arizona and New Mexico.
The House approved the measure on a 37-23 vote Wednesday. It now returns to the Senate for transmittal to the governor.