The future of the gray wolf remains questionable, by some defenders' estimation. Lawsuits by Defenders of Wildlfe, National Resource Defence Council (NRDC), and the Sierra Club try to hold back an impressive flood of interests to hunt the gray wolf more freely. Delisting puts wolf management in the control of states. Montana is busy preparing for delisting of the gray wolf to be official.
According to Missoula's, Missoulian Online, an estimated 850 wolves roam in the regions of reintroduction. New classifications categorize wolves as "experimental, or nonessential." Interstate 90, which cuts across Montana, is the line of demarcation for for threatened and nonessential wolves in Montana.
Gray wolf program coordinator Carolyn Seim claims Montana has no intention of "eliminating wolves." This is little consolation for wildlife protection groups, disappointed with the continuing fight to save the gray wolf in Montana. Defenders of Wildlife, field representative, Suzanne Stone, said, "It is irresponsible to severely loosen restrictions on killing wolves."