Laramie, WY – A conservation group wants tens of thousands of gray wolves returned to the woods of New England, the mountains of California, the wide open Great Plains. A petition asking for this is now before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
About 6,000 wolves live in the lower 48 states, with most of the predators in the Great Lakes and Northern Rockies. The species was trapped and poisoned to near-elimination last century and remain endangered except in Alaska, Idaho and Montana.
In a petition filed Tuesday, biologists for the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity say the few, isolated pockets of wolves that have been nursed back to recovery are not enough. The group is asking the government to return wolves to suitable habitat
across the country.