With more than 1,650 wolves, 244 packs, and 110 breeding pairs, the gray wolf population in the northern Rocky Mountains has biologically recovered. As a result, we've proposed to remove the gray wolf population in Wyoming from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.
The proposal to delist wolves in Wyoming hinges upon the State's commitment to a revised wolf management plan, which now contains sufficient protections and safeguards to ensure that wolves never again end up on the list.
The road to recovery hasn't been easy. Many people have worked hard to make sure recovery goals have been met, and we've been happy to see those goals exceeded for eleven straight years.
We understand that there may be an emotional reaction among some wolf advocates to the prospect of wolf hunting under state management. But an examination of this plan, in light of what we know to be true about the wolf population in the Northern Rocky Mountains, supports our conclusion that wolves are no longer threatened or endangered in Wyoming and that management should be returned to the state.
The Endangered Species Act has done its job for the wolf. It’s time to celebrate this environmental success and focus our work on other species that desperately need our help.
While we believe that the Wyoming wolf management plan is adequate to sustain the wolf's successful recovery in Wyoming, we will be soliciting public comment and scientific peer review on our proposal before making a final decision.
Currently, we are seeking scientific information and comments from the public about the proposal. We encourage your participation. You can submit your comments in the following ways:
1. Head to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket Number: [FWS–R6–ES–2011–0039].
2. U.S. mail or hand-delivery. Address your comments to Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. [FWS–R6–ES–2011–0039]; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.