Times reporter Julie Cart will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. Friday to discuss her exclusive story on the federal plan to remove endangered species protection for the gray wolf in the continental United States.
The sweeping rule proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would eliminate protection for wolves 18 years after the government reestablished the predators in the West, where they had been hunted to extinction.
Their reintroduction was a success, with the population growing to the thousands.
GRAPHIC: Where the wolves are
But their presence has always drawn protests across the Intermountain West from state officials, hunters and ranchers who lost livestock to the wolves and have lobbied to remove the gray wolf from the endangered list.
Once those protections end, the fate of wolves is left to individual states.
The species is only now beginning to recover in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. California is considering imposing its own protections after the discovery of a lone male that wandered into the state's northern counties from Oregon two years ago.
Join us on L.A. Now at 9 a.m. Friday to hear more.
Questions can be submitted live during the event.