From the article...
The gray wolf is one of the most hotly contested symbols in the conservation debate today. In June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service presented a proposal to nudge gray wolves from under its protective umbrella, effectively “delisting” them across the lower 48 states. (Gray wolves have already been delisted in seven states of the Northern Rockies and Western Great Lakes.) The proposal would turn wolf management over to individual states.
Some of the ESA’s biggest success stories are the bald eagle, brown pelican, and American alligator. But wolves are a long way from the healthy numbers these species have reached: An August 2013 population count found just 5,443 wolves across the entire country (excluding Alaska, where wolves are not covered by the ESA). The Fish and Wildlife Service is tired of the issue...
I seeded another story on this subject a few weeks ago that noted an independent review panel concluded the EPA hadn't relied on the "best science" (as required by law). I usually remove links in my summaries, but I'll leave this one in..
This month, following a brief hiatus, arguments have reignited with the release of anindependent review paper from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California-Santa Barbara. It finds that the delisting proposal is not, in fact, based on the “best available science.”
The Fish and Wildlife Service responded by re-opening the public comments on the subject until March 27.
I urge people to make their voices heard.