WASHINGTON (CN) – Gray wolves of the northern Rocky Mountains will once again enjoy the protections of the Endangered Species Act, under a U.S Fish and Wildlife Service regulation issued to comply with a federal court order reinstating the endangered status of the wolves.
In 2009, the agency delisted gray wolves in Washington, Oregon, Utah, the Idaho panhandle and northern Montana, contending that sufficient gains had been made in the breeding populations to warrant removal of federal protections. Protection was retained for the wolves in Wyoming.
Environmental groups successfully challenged the agency’s decision before U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy, arguing that a decision to list or delist a species must cover the entire range of distinct population segment and may not be segregated by state boundaries.
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