Secretary of Interior Jewell and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have proposed stripping virtually all gray wolves in the lower 48 states of Endangered Species Act protections. Wolves in the Northeast, California, Pacific Northwest, Southern Rocky Mountains, and elsewhere would be left to be managed by often-conflicted state game agencies. These states would be free to allow hunting, trapping, even clubbing and gassing of wolves within their borders.  Still-recovering wolf populations could be decimated for sport and there would be no recourse under Secretary Jewell’s proposal.

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