By Zack Colman - 04/26/13 04:04 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Times first reported the story, citing a draft of the ruling.
From the Times:
The sweeping rule by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would eliminate protection for wolves 18 years after the government reestablished the predators in the West, where they had been hunted to extinction. Their reintroduction was a success, with the population growing to the thousands.
But their presence has always drawn protests across the Intermountain West from state officials, hunters and ranchers who lost livestock to the wolves. They have lobbied to remove the gray wolf from the endangered list.
Protection for gray wolves would be left to the states, the Times explained. It said Fish and Wildlife Services would release the draft in the coming weeks and could finalize it by the end of the year.
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