BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Environmentalists intend to sue the Obama administration to force it to restore gray wolves across the lower 48 states -- even as Republicans seek to strip the animals of their existing protections.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed formal notice Tuesday that it will sue the Interior Department in 60 days unless it crafts a plan to bring back wolves throughout their historical range.
Biologists for the group say wolves belong in New England and New York, the southern Rocky Mountains, Colorado and the Cascade Range of Oregon and Washington.
Lawmakers from states where wolves already roam say there are too many of the predators. Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo tried to force a vote Tuesday on a bill to strip wolves nationwide of federal protections.