"Scientific Panel Faults U.S. Plan To Lift Nationwide Wolf Protections"

"The Obama administration used flawed research in devising a plan to strip gray wolves across the continental United States of Endangered Species Act protections, and discounted evidence that failed to support it, a scientific panel said in a report released on Friday."

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said last June said wolves in the lower 48 states no longer faced extinction after decades of recovery efforts and proposed removing them from the U.S. threatened and endangered species list. (Report on wolves: r.reuters.com/quz66v)

Distinct wolf populations in the Northern Rockies and western Great Lakes were already delisted in recent years as their numbers rebounded in those regions."

Laura Zuckerman reports for Reuters February 10, 2014.

SEE ALSO:

"Federal Wolf Plan Used Unproven Science, Panel Says" (AP)

"U.S. Plan to Lift Wolf Protections In Doubt After Experts Question Science" (Science Magazine)

"Review Panel Faults Federal Plan To Remove Protections for Wolves" (Los Angeles Times)

Source: Reuters, 02/10/2014