Gray wolf death toll grows as US hunters take their bounty

Hunters have killed 299 gray wolves in the Rocky Mountain states where trophy hunting is set to continue through the winter, and in some cases through the spring. Conservationists say the packs could nosedive in the face of robust trophy hunting and trapping that has been set up to whittle the wolves down to around 400 in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming combined.

Bush Administration removes federal protections for gray wolves — again

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

In a last minute move anticipated and decried by environmentalists, the Bush Administration has removed a large segment of the Rocky Mountain gray wolves and western Great Lakes gray wolves from protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Interior Department officials cited the wolves’ recovery in those areas, saying that the animals populate those areas in sufficient numbers to survive without being listed as endangered (in the case of the Rocky Mountain packs) or threatened (the Great Lakes wolves).