- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon wildlife officials are recommending that wolves be removed from the state’s Endangered Species Act list.

The state’s Fish and Wildlife Commission will vote on the recommendation at its November 9 meeting in Salem.

Eighty-one wolves now live in Oregon. Wildlife officials said the species is not in danger of extinction here. But some independent scientists disagree with that conclusion.

The state’s wolf plan calls for initiating a process to consider stripping wolves of legal protections when eastern Oregon hits a population of four breeding pairs for three consecutive years. That goal was met in January.

While delisting wolves wouldn’t lead to immediate changes, more lethal measures could be allowed to manage them in the future. An upcoming wolf plan review could also lead to changes in protections.

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