Earlier this June, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to end the federal protection for gray wolves, believing that they had fully recovered. In order to make this decision, a peer review is required as well as an impartial examination of wolf numbers, population dynamics and the effects of said actions. The Fish and Wildlife Service prolonged the evaluation of the delisting plan because the identities of the panelists were supposed to be hidden but were discovered. Scientists report a seven percent decline in wolves in the Rocky Mountain region since the wolves were delisted and hunts authorized in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
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