US House Approves Bill to Drop Legal Protections for Gray Wolves

The Republican-led U.S. House passed a bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states. 

It comes just two days after an Arizona-based environmental group filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to keep those protections in place.

The suit claims the agency is required under the Endangered Species Act to uphold federal protections for all gray wolf populations across the country until it puts a national recovery plan in place.

But the Fish and Wildlife Service is currently reviewing the wolf’s status and is expected to declare they’ve recovered to the point that they can be removed from protection under that act.

The Justice Department is currently reviewing the lawsuit.

The bill passed by the House now moves on to the Senate.