The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended the public comment period on its proposal to remove the Canadian gray wolf from the endangered species list and its plan to maintain protections for the Mexican gray wolf.
The comment period will now end Oct. 28, and a series of public hearings have been scheduled: Sept. 20 in Washington, Oct. 2 in Sacramento and Oct. 4 in Albuquerque.
The service has received much criticism for its plan to allow states to manage wolves in the Great Lakes, the upper Rockies and small populations of gray wolves in Oregon, Washington state and California.
in Albuquerque, the hearing will include an airing of the federal plan to expand the predator's current range.