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Groups File Lawsuit for Listing of Rare Wolf

Published On: Jun 10 2014 02:11:30 PM AKDT
Updated On: Jun 10 2014 02:10:00 PM AKDT

Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters

ANCHORAGE -

Three conservation groups are suing to force a decision on the endangered species status of a rare southeast Alaska wolf.

The Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace and The Boat Company on Tuesday sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in federal court in Washington, D.C., to force a decision on Alexander Archipelago wolves.

They're a subspecies of gray wolves found in old-growth forests.

Center for Biological Diversity attorney Rebecca Noblin says the wolves' situation is precarious as the U.S. Forest Service continues to schedule logging sales in their habitat.

Noblin says the Fish and Wildlife Service agreed a listing might be warranted but is a year and a half overdue on a decision.

Agency spokeswoman Andrea Medeiros could not be immediately reached for comment.