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Gray Wolves Re-Listed

A new court ruling aims to protect gray wolves. STAN TAKIELA—GETTY IMAGES

Gray wolves are going back on the endangered-species list. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) creates this list. It took the gray wolf off in early 2021. But on February 10, 2022, a judge made a ruling. He decided the animals still need protection.

Jeffrey S. White was the judge in the case. He ruled that the USFWS had failed to analyze the decision carefully. It didn’t think about the impact of delisting gray wolves. The judge’s decision affects most of the continental U.S.

Kitty Block is with the Humane Society of the U.S. She is the group’s president. Block calls the ruling a victory. She says the USFWS “must develop a plan” to help gray wolves.