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This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced its plan to remove federal protections for gray wolves within the Lower 48 states. The decision will likely result in another wave of litigation to stop FWS’s decision. Wolves are already delisted in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. This new proposal would “give states the authority to hold wolf hunting and trapping seasons,” the Associated Press reports.

“Recovery of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act is one of our nation’s great conservation successes, with the wolf joining other cherished species, such as the bald eagle, that have been brought back from the brink,” FWS spokesman Gavin Shire said in an emailed statement.

While the decision is expected to gain support by farmers, ranchers and others impacted by wolves, wolf advocates say delisting them is going to open up an “all-out war on wolves” should the proposal be approved.

“We don’t have any confidence that wolves will be managed like other wildlife,” Jamie Rappaport Clark, a former FWS director now with the group Defenders of Wildlife told the Associated Press.

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John Vucetich, a wildlife biologist at Michigan Technological University, said “most wolf experts probably would agree the species is not at imminent risk” but that “dropping federal protections was a premature move.”

“I do worry that some of the states could be overly aggressive and that wolves could fare worse than their current condition,” said Vucetich.

More details will be available once a formal announcement is made. According to the Associated Press, the initial proposal was announced on Wednesday by acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt during a wildlife conference in Denver.

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Dominic N. - posted 2 months ago on 03-11-2019 10:01:56 pm

They are grey timberwolfs,not grey wolves from CANADA they are a feral spieces in the us of a. By introdusing them they killed of the indidiginous grey wolves real smart????? not

James T. - posted 2 months ago on 03-11-2019 07:16:46 am
goHUNT INSIDER

I'm for whatever the local populous is for. Don't control my thermostat and I won't control yours.

Nick J. - posted 2 months ago on 03-10-2019 02:40:52 pm
goHUNT INSIDER

NOOOOOOOOOO!!! Says all lawyers, grant recipients, special interest groups(BGF). "What will we do for money now???"

matthew a. - posted 2 months ago on 03-09-2019 06:02:11 am
Tampa, FL
goHUNT INSIDER

I have intentions to captalize on every legal wolf tag I can acquire across the nation in the near future. Reguardless of the BS narratives and legal disputes ; its a moot if were not killing the vermon.

Mark A. - posted 2 months ago on 03-09-2019 01:10:27 am
Lake Villa IL
goHUNT INSIDER

Whoever John's real name is if he goes to school there it's a disgrace.

Mark A. - posted 2 months ago on 03-09-2019 12:57:31 am
Lake Villa IL
goHUNT INSIDER

SASU.

Mark A. - posted 2 months ago on 03-09-2019 12:52:18 am
Lake Villa IL
goHUNT INSIDER

I get mad at my wife for watching political topics on the tv because these people are supposedly the best they can find to debate that issue. I say it's the same crap over and over and the same issues don't get fixed. This is starting to be more like politics as usual. Another judge or committe will cause huge amounts of time and money to be wasted again. Oh sorry this has been how many years of this.

Tanner P. - posted 2 months ago on 03-08-2019 04:52:32 pm
Lexington, TN
goHUNT INSIDER

Cue the lawsuits in 3.....2......1......! Oh no, back to square one.

Dave G. - posted 2 months ago on 03-08-2019 11:49:29 am
Sacramento, CA
goHUNT INSIDER

This should have happened 3 years ago. Too bad emotion trumps science nowadays. This will be tied up in court for years. In the meantime elk and deer herds will dwindle while unchecked wolf populations explode. The North American Conservation model never included removing apex predators from it. Cougars in CA and Wolves in the GYE should be managed along with their prey. It is good science.