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Ranching Groups Challenge Gray Wolf's Endangered Status in California

posted Feb 8, 2017, 2:20 PM by chloe owens

1/30/17, by Ryab Sabalow, The Sacramento Bee

Ranching groups challenge gray wolf’s endangered status in California

A lawsuit filed Tuesday by a conservative legal foundation on behalf of California farmers and ranchers alleges a state commission illegally listed gray wolves as an endangered species.

The Pacific Legal Foundation filed suit in San Diego County Superior Court alleging that the state Fish and Game Commission arbitrarily listed wolves as endangered in 2014. The suit alleges it’s not known whether the wolves that entered the state are the same subspecies originally native to California, that the commission failed to perform a population analysis of the species’ natural range and that there aren’t enough wolves in California “to establish that the wolf’s range extends to the state.”