The decision to remove Rocky Mountain gray wolves from the endangered species list is now on hold.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel sent a memorandum Tuesday to all agencies and departments to stop all pending regulations until a legal and policy review can be conducted by the new administration. The decision to delist wolves in Montana, Idaho, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington and northern Utah was scheduled to be published Jan. 27 and to go into effect 30 days later.
It still could be allowed to go forward, be modified or be held indefinitely, said Frank Quimby, an Interior Department spokesman. The review will be conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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