Wolves losing federal protection; small group exempted

June 7, 2013 4:47 PM

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Wolves losing federal protection; small group exempted

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday announced it intends to drop all federal protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states, carving out an exception for a struggling population of Mexican wolves in New Mexico and Arizona.

The announcement means that federal scientists believe that wolves in the lower 48 states are no longer threatened with extinction and don't require the protection afforded by the Endangered Species Act.

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