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Thirteen years after the government began an ambitious reintroduction program for the endangered gray wolf in the Northern Rockies, the Feds declared the program a success. They went so far as to delist it March, but put the delisting on hold after conservationists expressed concerns about genetic viability of the wolves. The increase in wolf population has resulted in a healthier ecosystem: a decline in coyote populations and an increase in willows, beavers and songbirds. But it has also pitted environmentalists against ranchers and hunters, sparking long-held animosities, and scuttling cooperative efforts in other arenas.