Western Wolves Officially Delisted, Again, For Now

From the AFP:

_Thirty-five years being hunted to near extinction, the gray wolf on Monday was taken off the US list of endangered species, clearing the way for it to be hunted again in most states.

_”We have recovered a wolf population,” said Ed Bangs, wolf recovery coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the western state of Montana.

_”The populations are viable, they are in great shape, they have extreme genetic diversity and so the Endangered Species Act did its job to bring wolves back,” Bangs said.

The usual environmental groups plan lawsuits.