Until recently, gray wolves in the Northern Rockies were considered endangered species. In August, 2012 they were removed from the endangered species list in Wyoming by the federal Fish and Wildlife Service. Now, increased hunting of the wolves is allowed. Protections have been lifted in Montana and Idaho as well. environmental groups are potesting. They fear that hunters and ranchers will begin to kill the wolves indiscriminately. The ranchers feel that the wolf attacks on the cattle means the difference between “profit and loss in marginal operations”.