Federal Agency Considers Dropping Gray Wolf Protections

Gray wolf populations could still be in trouble as the federal government considers another attempt to drop legal protections for the species in most states.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has started a science-based review of the status of gray wolves.

The species is currently covered by the Endangered Species Act across most of the country.

If the agency decides on attempting to remove the wolf from the list again, it will begin the process by publishing a proposal by the end of the year and taking public comments.

The government proposed removing wolf protections in 2013, but it dropped the efforts after federal courts rejected its plan for taking wolves in the western Great Lakes region off the list.