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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 January 3, 2014 by Zack Strong in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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