Traverse City, Mich. (AP)- The Trump Administration plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves across most of the nation by the end of the year, the director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife said Monday.
Shot, trapped and poisoned to near extinction in the last century, wolves in recent decades rebounded in the western Great Lakes region and portions of the West, the total population exceeding 6,000 (not much). They have been removed from the endangered list in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and portions of Oregon, Utah and Washington state. Federal protection remain elsewhere.
The Humane Society of the United States and other wildlife protection groups contend wolves are still vulnerable. Dropping protection across the lower 48 would doom any chances of their spreading to other states where they thrive if humans allowed it.
There's a November ballot initiative that would restore wolves to Colorado. We definitely need a change and this coming November is the only opportunity we have to restore peace and security.