US sued in bid to force decision on Rockies wolf protections

The status of gray wolves remains contentious.
The status of gray wolves remains contentious.(Gary Kramer / USFWS / CC BY 2.0)
Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 12:22 PM MDT
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BILLINGS, Mont. (The Associated Press) - Wildlife advocates are suing federal officials after they missed a deadline to decide if protections for wolves should be restored across the northern U.S. Rocky Mountains.

Republican-led states in the region have made it easier to kill the predators. That’s raised worries that wolf numbers could be reduced to unsustainable levels.

The Biden administration said in a preliminary finding last September that protections for wolves may need to be restored. A final determination was due June 1.

The Humane Society of the United States and Center for Biological Diversity on Tuesday asked a federal judge in Montana to order officials to make a decision.

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