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Nationwide Wolf Delisting Postponed Indefinitely

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that the decision to remove the gray wolf from its protected status has been put on indefinite hold.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that the decision to remove the gray wolf from its protected status has been put on indefinite hold. The potential delisting of the species was unveiled last month, suggesting that the management of the gray wolf would be placed in the hands of individual states. A decision was estimated to be made as early as the end of May, until a court filing revealed Monday stated the government attorneys say that “a recent unexpected delay” has held up any decision-making indefinitely, according to the Associated Press.

There was major push-back from wildlife activists on the delisting. Even though more than 6,000 gray wolves call the Lower 48 home, many claimed the recovery is still in progress because they only cover a fraction of their original territories.

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