Update: On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 196 to 180 in favor of stripping the gray wolf of endangered species protections nationwide. The bill will now go to the U.S. Senate.
“Today’s vote shows the hubris of putting politicians with no scientific background in charge, wresting these critical decisions away from professional scientists,” Erik Molvar, a wildlife biologist and executive director of Western Watersheds Project, said in a release provided to The Dodo. "Wolves are just beginning to recolonize their original habitats ... [and] are necessary to restore the natural ecological balance that has been missing for more than a century."
The protections that helped bring gray wolves back from the brink of extinction are hanging in the balance.
On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives is supposed to vote on the Manage our Wolves Act, H.R. 6784 — a bill that proposes to strip gray wolves of their Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections in 48 states.