The Bush administration made the decision to remove federal protections for wolves in Idaho and most of the Northern Rocky Mountains -- again. But ultimately it will be up to President-elect Barack Obama's team to declare success.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided Wednesday to remove Endangered Species Act protection from wolves in Idaho, Montana, eastern Washington, eastern Oregon and northern Utah -- but leave them under federal protection in Wyoming, where wolves could be killed for any reason in 88 percent of the state.
The federal protections won't lapse until 30 days after the decision is published in the Federal Register, which is not expected until after Obama is inaugurated Jan. 20. So Obama's chosen interior secretary, Ken Salazar, can either stop the publication or reverse the decision before the 30-day period ends.
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