November 29, 2022

U.S.F.W.S. Refuses to List Archipelago Wolf as Endangered or Threatened

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 
12-month finding on a petition to list the Alexander Archipelago wolf 
(Canis lupus ligoni) as an endangered or threatened species and to 
designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as 
amended (Act). The petitioners provided three listing options for 
consideration by the Service: Listing the Alexander Archipelago wolf 
throughout its range; listing Prince of Wales Island (POW) as a 
significant portion of its range; or listing the population on Prince 
of Wales Island as a distinct population segment (DPS). After review of 
the best available scientific and commercial information, we find that 
listing the Alexander Archipelago wolf is not warranted at this time 
throughout all or a significant portion of its range, including POW. We 
also find that the Alexander Archipelago wolf population on POW does 
not not meet the criteria of the Service's DPS policy, and, therefore, 
it does not constitute a listable entity under the Act. We ask the 
public to submit to us any new information that becomes available 
concerning the threats to the Alexander Archipelago wolf or its habitat 
at any time.<<<