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Grey Wolves No Longer Endangered

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service eased federal protection for gray wolves on Tuesday, a move made possible by its work to reintroduce the predator to the mountain West.

"Wolves are coming back, and their new status highlights our progress toward recovering them across their range," Fish and Wildlife Service Director Steve Williams said Tuesday.

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the thing i don't quite understand, and i'm immagining having yet to read the article, that their status is moved from endangered to merely 'threatened', but as long as vertualy every natural creature's habitat is threatened by the continuing expansion of human numbers and activity is how any species can be considered not at least threatened.
course limited resources for addressing problems means having to set priorities so i can understand that but people need to not get a false sense of security about these things. that a reintroduction program has succedded to the point of self sustaining stability, well that IS something to cheer about, very much so, but at the same time we need to keep in mind that doesn't mean a problem is completely or once and for all solved.
it only means it's reached a point where for that particular species it's no longer quite as immediate and pressing and those recources that have been dedicated to dealing with it can now go on to deal with the next one.
and there are so many. ... /\

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