Howling good news for gray wolves

Amazing news: three states will have to postpone their hunting plans as gray wolves regained (at least temporarily) endangered-species protections on Friday.

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Donald W. Molloy on Friday grants a preliminary injunction against the wolf hunts, saying the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's plan to delist wolves from the Endangered Species List "demonstrated a possibility of irreparable harm."

This doesn't mean that wolves have regained permanent protective status. Lawsuits against the delisting now continue. Meanwhile, it's possible that a higher court could overturn Molloy's decision.

Wolves lost their protected status on March 28th. Since then, at least 106 wolves have been killed. Most of those were shot by ranchers, as Wyoming and Montana classified the wolves as "predators" that could be killed at any time.