This just in from The Hill:
The Trump administration removed endangered species protections for the gray wolf Thursday, paving the way for hunting of the species even as environmentalists argue it has not yet recovered.
The rule from the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) lifts protections for the wolves in the continental U.S., except for a small band of Mexican gray wolves present in Arizona and New Mexico.
The move ends more than 45 years of protections for the species — something that has been opposed by conservation groups and members of Congress.
“After more than 45 years as a listed species, the gray wolf has exceeded all conservation goals for recovery. Today’s announcement simply reflects the determination that this species is neither a threatened nor endangered species based on the specific factors Congress has laid out in the law,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a statement.
Read the full article by Rebecca Beitsch with The Hill here: https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/523406-interior-ends-endangered-species-protections-for-gray-wolves#:~:text=The%20Trump%20administration%20removed%20endangered,it%20has%20not%20yet%20recovered.
Here is the DOI press release: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/trump-administration-returns-management-and-protection-gray-wolves-states-and-tribes
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