By Taylor Hill | Takepart.com June 30, 2015 8:23 PMTakepart.com
“To the dismay of wildlife advocates who hoped it might mark a new era of compromise between conservation groups and cattle ranchers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has denied a petition to grant fewer protections to the gray wolf in the United States.
Confused as to why 22 environmental groups would want to reduce federal protections for one of America’s most iconic species? Don’t feel bad—when it comes to managing wolves, complexity is par for the course. ? When it comes to gray wolves in America, confusion.
The petition to move wolves from the “endangered” list to the “threatened” list was supposed to be a compromise. Authored by the Humane Society of the United States, the Center for Biological Diversity, and a number of other conservation groups, the petition was an attempt to bring back federal oversight…