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U.S. wants to lift protections for wolf and grizzly

[large thumbnail url=”u-s-wants-to-lift-protections-for-wolf-and-grizzly” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”12″ day=”02″] [thumbnail icon url=”u-s-wants-to-lift-protections-for-wolf-and-grizzly” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”12″ day=”02″] The Obama administration is seeking to lift Endangered Species Act protections from two of the most iconic symbols of the American West, the gray wolf and grizzly bear, in moves likely to spark fierce resistance from environmentalists.

The administration intentions emerged in an interview on Wednesday with two top-ranking officials from the Interior Department, whose agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, oversees federal safeguards for the bulk of imperiled species.

Both the grizzly and gray wolf occupy the figurative pinnacle of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem encompassing parts of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Previous efforts to remove them from the U.S. endangered species list have met with staunch opposition in court from wildlife conservation groups…

Read the entire article on reuters.com: U.S. wants to lift protections for wolf and grizzly

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