Desmond: Since wolves first started returning to Washington and Oregon in the late 1990s, the population has been increasing steadily – especially over the past few years.
Now wildlife officials are taking a look at the species’ protected status. In late April, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission initiated the process of removing wolves from the state’s endangered species list.
All this brings up questions of whether the wolf has actually recovered enough to dial back protections.
With me now with some answers is EarthFix Correspondent Jes Burns.