Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that gray wolves in Wyoming should no longer be protected under the Endangered Species Act. According the the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the population of gray wolves has reached about 400 in Wyoming and about 5,500 around the United States. Wyoming officials declared the wolf no longer threatened in 2012. Ranchers are in favor of the recent ruling as it would mean they can shoot gray wolves to protect their livestock, while others like members of the nonprofit religious organization Protect the Wolves, members of the Cowlitz Tribe and attorney Rebecca Riley for the Natural Resources Defense Council fear this ruling could lead to a drastic decline in wolf population once again.
Gray Wolves to be No Longer Protected Under the Endangered Species Act