A win for wolves!

Wolves may not lose their endangered species status after all. The good news came in yesterday as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it plans to withdraw its March ruling that wolves had fully recovered in the Northern Rockies.

The original ruling produced an instant wave of reactions around the country. Conservationists damned it, while the states of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming started preparing for wolf hunts this fall.

This withdrawal isn't a done deal. The Department of Justice still needs to sign off on it, as does U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy, who has been presiding over a lawsuit by conservation groups to keep the wolves protected.

Molloy issued a temporary injunction against wolf hunts in June while the lawsuits were underway.

Could this be a rare win for wildlife? One can only hope.

P.S. -- Hmmm... I wonder how Sarah Palin feels about all of this?