Legally they are threatened anymore. In May the Obama administration lifted their endangered species status in eight states. In practical terms they’re threatened by hunters and angry ranchers who have had their livestock attacked or eaten.
While under the endangered species label, the Gray Wolf population made a dramatic comeback from near extinction to numbers in the thousands. Now since there are more wolves there’s greater competition for food and territory so wolves are attacking commercial sheep, cattle, and other animals. Sportsman and ranchers are now hunting them with set quotas to reduce the population.
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