"In response to the findings, the Fish & Wildlife Service decided to once again seek public input before issuing final wolf rules," Raju Chebium reports for The Desert Sun in Las Vegas. "The previous public comment period ended in December and the administration planned to issue a final rule this year."
"Gray wolves in the lower 48 states have been under federal protection since 1967," Chebium notes. "In recent years, gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains and the western Great Lakes region were delisted after the government said those populations are rebounding. The Fish & Wildlife Service proposed delisting gray wolves throughout the lower 48 but keeping the Mexican gray wolf, found only in the Southwest, on the endangered-species list. Farmers, ranchers and hunters wanted the delisting, which was also backed by a number of congressional Republicans. Many Democrats and conservation groups opposed the rules, arguing that the wolves need more time to recover after being nearly wiped out in the continental U.S." (Read more)