U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reveals plans to strip federal protection of gray wolves
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will propose removing protections for the gray wolf in the Lower 48 states.
The proposal will also see wolf management powers given to the states and tribes.
Gray wolves are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act meaning they can't be hunted or killed in most places.
David Bernhardt, acting secretary of the Department of Interior, said:
“Recovery of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act is one of our nation's great conservation successes, with the wolf joining other cherished species, such as the bald eagle, that have been brought back from the brink with the help of the ESA,”
The Fish and Wildlife Service will soon open comment on the proposed rule.