The US Fish and Wildlife Service published a peer review report Friday stating that the US Government’s bid to lift federal protection of gray wolves across most of the 48 states is based on unproven claims about their genetics. The publication represents a significant setback for the pending proposal to de-list the wolf in most areas of the country. The scientists participating in the reviewunanimously maintained there is insufficient evidence to support government claims that wolves that once occupied the eastern part of the country were likely a genetically distinct species from the gray wolves in question. The Fish and Wildlife Service has now reopened its public comment period on the proposal to de-list the wolf, and it hopes to make a decision on by the end of the year. Meanwhile, protections have already been lifted where populations have rebounded in the northern Rocky Mountain States, and hunting is allowed under strict state guidelines.