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The Interior Department on Friday proposed removing the gray wolf from the endangered species list.

Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) suggested lifting the more than 30-year-old protections because the species had made a “successful recovery.” It noted the species, which numbers at around 6,100 in the contiguous United States, exceeded population targets by as much as 300 percent.

“From the moment a species requires the protection of the Endangered Species Act, our goal is to work with our partners to address the threats it faces and ensure its recovery,” FWS Director Dan Ashe said in a statement. “An exhaustive review of the latest scientific and taxonomic information shows that we have accomplished that goal with the gray wolf.”