Groups Seek Decision On Southeast Alaska Wolves

Two environmental groups want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide whether a strain of gray wolves on Prince of Wales Island should be considered for an endangered species listing, a decision that could affect future logging.

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The Center for Biological Diversity and Greenpeace petitioned to list Alexander Archipelago wolves in August 2011 and on Tuesday sent federal officials a letter urging a decision.

Center spokeswoman Rebecca Noblin says endangered species law calls for a federal decision within 90 days about whether additional protections may be necessary. She says no finding has been made in two years.

Service spokeswoman Andrea Madeiros says the agency is preparing a response.

The U.S. Forest Service is reconsidering a timber sale on the island to determine if it would threaten the wolves.

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