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Today the LA Times reported that they've seen a draft statement from the USFWS to delist across the entire US LA Times Story.

I'd caution there's no official statement form Interior, but The Hill, and the AP are going with the same story. All with the disclaimer "according to the LA Times".

The story in the LA times has quotes from they usual CBD and a prof but nothing from the USFWS. This is probably the new Interior Secretary's first controversial act though in fairness she probably had nothing to do with it, these kinds of things are years in the making and the result of both science and department policy.

For background here is an overview by the International Org that lists species according to degree of danger of extinction IUCN on Canis Lupus.

And also a statement by the world's foremost wolf researcher recently posted to the Spring Issue of the Wildlife Society News regarding wolf management problems.

wiki-gray wolf A quick glance at the map on the LA Times and then a look at Wiki shows why one commenter to a popular scientific blog hedged his comment by saying "if the LA Times can be believed". Better than the Sac Bee but not by much.

72 congress members sent a letter to somebody, maybe Director of US FWS urging delisting a month or so ago. I won't post a link to Hatch's web site even if he is a moderate by today's standards.

I have to ask myself who gave this to the LA Times and why. Trial balloon? Interior doesn't do those.

Almost forgot, there's a carve out for the Mexican Gray Wolf which has been having a hard time getting established down in New Mexico/Arizona. Must be an immigration joke in there somewhere but my mind draws a blank. Do Not under any circumstances say Canadian Wolf.

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