Environmental Group Files Lawsuit to Preserve Federal Protections for Gray Wolves

An Arizona-based environmental group is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The lawsuit is looking to keep federal protections for gray wolves in place.

The Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit in federal court Wednesday. 

It comes one day after the Fish and Wildlife Service turned down the group’s petition for a nationwide recovery plan for gray wolf populations.

According to the environmental group, the agency is required under the Endangered Species Act to uphold federal protection for all gray wolf populations across the country until it puts a national recovery plan in place.

However, the Fish and Wildlife Service argues it’s meeting all legal requirements under its current approach to protecting the species, which focuses only on specific regions, including the Great Lakes.

The Justice Department is now reviewing the complaint.