Gray wolves in Wyoming and three Great Lakes states would lose court-ordered protection under legislation proposed in Congress, the latest offensive in a 12-year battle over whether the predator species is secure enough to allow hunting and trapping or should retain its federal shield.
Several members of Congress are preparing to introduce legislation soon to take wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming off the endangered list.
A proposal to lift federal protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. suffered a significant setback Friday as an independent review panel said the government is relying on unsettled science to make its case. Federal wildlife officials want to remove the animals from the endangered species list across the Lower 48 states, except for a small population in the Southwest. The five-member U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service peer review panel was tasked with reviewing the government’s claim that the Northeast and Midwest were home to a separate species, the eastern wolf.