February 1, 2023

Fish and Wildlife Services Officially Announces Plans to De-List Gray Wolf

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As a first step toward becoming a reality, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially announced their intention to de-list the gray wolf from the endangered species list. This de-listing would only encompass, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, as well as the eastern third of Washington and Oregon, along with a section in north central Utah.

The management goals of the gray wolf in those regions have been realized and exceeded. Most management plans have been fulfilled since 2002.

Gray Wolf Photo Courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife

The announcement comes as a first step in a proceedure that involves setting up ample time for public comment on the entire plan for removing the wolf from the list. This announcement is contingent on Wyoming coming up with an approved state plan for managing the wolf there. When the Federal Government de-lists a species, that species in a particular state becomes the responsibility of that state to take over management of it. A plan needs to be approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. All the other states involved have approved plans.
For more information on this, you can visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service web site.

Tom Remington