Jun 4, 2014 2:42 PM by Associated Press
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - California officials have decided to add the gray wolf to the state's endangered species list.
At a meeting Wednesday, the state's Fish and Game Commission voted 3-1 in favor of the listing, which will keep the animal safe from hunters' crosshairs. The decision requires a second vote in August to become final.
Cattle ranchers opposed to endangered or threatened status say the wolf is a threat to valuable herds. Environmentalists counter there are places where wolves and livestock exist together.
The debate came as a lone wolf - named OR-7 - began roaming Northern California in 2011.
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