Gray Wolves are in trouble now that they’re no longer classified as endangered.
Canis lupus, the largest of the planet’s wild dogs, once numbered in the hundreds of thousands in the U.S. The creatures are powerful—the largest males, six and a half feet from tooth to tail, weigh 140 pounds—and they are agile and cunning.
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The ranching industry in the American West has been the historic enemy of wolves, so it was fitting that ranchers in Montana and Idaho called for hunting them almost from the moment of their reintroduction.
Today, as a result of the delisting, anyone can shoot a wolf. Wolves can, in some circumstances, be shot on sight.