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Gray Wolf Removal From Species Protections Draws Lawsuit (1)

Jan. 14, 2021, 4:12 PM; Updated: Jan. 14, 2021, 5:55 PM

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to strip endangered species protections from gray wolves ignores the best available science, is an abuse of discretion, and is contrary to law, according to a complaint filed Thursday in a California federal court.

The Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, and others threatened to sue after the agency announced gray wolves will no longer be classified as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

The October rule reflects the Trump administration’s “continued commitment to species conservation based on the parameters of the law and the best scientific and commercial data...

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