On March 14, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its plan to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves in the lower 48.
Without federal protections, it is likely that wolf management will be turned over to state authorities. Historically, this has resulted in wolves becoming fair game for trophy hunters. Wolves are just beginning to reclaim territory after decades of unremitting slaughter that nearly brought them to extinction, and a removal of protection will greatly threaten this comeback.
Check out the article by the Wolf Conservation Center here for more information. Public comments are open until May 14, 2019!