Just a couple weeks ago, wolves were about to be kicked out of the ESA kennel.
Following Los Angeles Times and Associated Press reports on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s pending delisting proposal for most of the Lower 48, including the western two-thirds of Washington and Oregon, federal officials sent state managers in Olympia a draft document to comment on.
Now, the whole process is on hold.
An AP story out of Montana yesterday afternoon says:
In a court filing Monday, government attorneys say “a recent unexpected delay” is indefinitely holding up action on the predators. No further explanation was offered.
Sequester? Protest from wolfies?
Wolves were federally delisted in the eastern thirds of Washington and Oregon, but remain under state protections.