Predicted: 406. Actual: 761+

Environmentalists are sure to object to Interior Secretary Gail Norton's recent word to cattlemen that she is going ahead with plans to remove the Rocky Mountains gray wolf from the endangered list, meaning it would no longer be a federal crime for ranchers to kill wolves eyeing their cows for lunch.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says there are now 761 gray wolves in the northern Rockies, compared to the 406 predicted by the service when wolves were re-introduced in 1995.

Source: Scripps-Howard News Service, April 2, 2004.