Wolves are often portrayed as big and bad in fairytales – but these beautiful creatures are actually a threatened species in the United States. In the 17th century there were 2 million wolves in North America, but as of last year that population dwindled to 5,379 – and their numbers could continue to decline if wolves in the lower 48 states lose endangered species protection. The Center for Biological Diversity just released a new infographic that details the plight of wolves across the States – check it out after the break!

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