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Feature: Wolves in the Rockies

Fighting for the Gray Wolf's Recovery

Gray wolves once roamed the United States from coast to coast and from Canada to Mexico. But in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, wolves were intensively killed in staggering numbers, eradicating them from almost all of the lower-48 by the 1930s. Today, wolves have mounted a comeback, but their recovery is far from certain. Congress, for example, recently kicked wolves in Idaho and Montana off the endangered species list, which opens the door for hundreds of wolves to be killed.

Today, NRDC is increasing its efforts to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock in the Northern Rockies. This work is critically important, as many wolves are killed in response to conflicts with livestock. Ultimately, NRDC fights to ensure a healthy, sustainable future for wolves in the Northern Rockies.

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Posted February 20, 2015 by Andrew Wetzler

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Posted January 22, 2015 by Sylvia Fallon

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Posted January 16, 2015 by Zack Strong

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Posted December 5, 2014 by Zack Strong

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Posted September 23, 2014 by Matt Skoglund

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Posted August 24, 2014 by Nick Magrisso

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Posted August 12, 2014 by Zack Strong

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Posted July 16, 2014 by Andrew Wetzler

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Posted June 27, 2014 by Elly Pepper

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Posted April 7, 2014 by Andrew Wetzler

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In case you missed it, this weekend NPR News featured a story about Wildlife Services, the federal program that kills 100,000 native predators each year, and the ongoing federal investigation into its activities. In the piece, several claims are attributed...continued


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