Trump Administration Ends Endangered Species Protections For Gray Wolves

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Protections for gray wolves will now fall to individual states, many of which likely will allow hunting of the animal.

On Thursday, the Trump administration lifted endangered species protections for the gray wolf, according to The Hill.

Environmentalists have criticized the move, arguing that the species has not yet fully 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 news outlet reported.

The move ends more than 45 years of protections for the species — something that has been opposed by conservation groups and members of Congress.

  • Kristen Boyles, an attorney for Earthjustice, said, “This is no ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment for wolf recovery. Wolves are only starting to get a toehold in places like Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, and wolves need federal protection to explore habitat in the Southern Rockies and the Northeast..”
  • “This delisting decision is what happens when bad science drives bad policy — and it’s illegal, so we will see them in court,” Boyles added.
  • The move was also largely opposed by a peer review commissioned by the government, The Hill reported.

“The proposed rule did not build on the assembled scientific information to provide coherent factual support or logical explanation for the agency’s conclusions,” one reviewer wrote, arguing that it led Interior “to reach an erroneous conclusion” in delisting the species.

Protection for the species will now be up to each state, many of which are likely to allow hunting of the wolf.

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