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Removal of wolf protection affects part of Washington state

[large thumbnail url=”removal-of-wolf-protection-affects-part-of-washington-state” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”09″] [thumbnail icon url=”removal-of-wolf-protection-affects-part-of-washington-state” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”05″ day=”09″] When Interior Secretary Ken Salazar took a formal step this week to remove wolves from the endangered species list — 16 years after they were reintroduced to central Idaho and Yellowstone National Park — he also removed federal protection for wolves in Washington.

When Congress and the White House narrowly averted a government shutdown last month, one of the least-understood provisions of the budget deal was a change in status for one of the West’s most iconic predators: Canis lupus.

Congressmen from Montana and Idaho attached a rider to the 2011 appropriation package that required the Obama administration to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the Rocky Mountains.

But the implications extend beyond the intermountain states. Wolves in Washington that live east of state Highway 97 are considered part of the Rocky Mountain wolf population, too…

Read the entire article on seattletimes.nwsource.com: Removal of wolf protection affects part of Washington state

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