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Thursday, October 23, 2008

American gray wolves returned to endangered list


The North American gray wolf was relisted as an endangered species after U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service repealed last March’s delisting rule.

Twelve conservation groups sued U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, saying the delisting was premature. They argued that there was too little genetic exchange between the three wolf recovery areas and that state management plans were not adequate to sustain a healthy wolf population.

After it became clear that the plaintiffs were likely to win on these grounds, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service moved to repeal its ruling. U.S. District Judge Donald Malloy approved this motion last Tuesday, effectively reinstating wolves to the endangered species list while the agency reevaluates its approach to wolf delisting.


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