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Photo: Gray wolf. Credit: Gary Kramer / USFWS
Photo Caption: Gray wolf. Credit: Gary Kramer / USFWS

February 12, 2013

Successful Recovery Efforts Prompt Service Proposal to Delist Gray Wolf and Focus ESA Protection on Mexican Wolf

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to remove the gray wolf (Canis lupus) from the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposal comes not long after the recovery and delisting of the gray wolf in the western Great Lakes states and Northern Rockies as a result of three decades of successful management actions undertaken by federal, state and local partners. However, the Service is also proposing to maintain protection and expand recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) in the Southwest, where it remains endangered. The proposal includes the Service’s comprehensive review which determined that the current listing for gray wolf, developed 35 years ago, erroneously included large geographical areas outside the species’ historical range. In addition, the review found that the current gray wolf listing does not reasonably represent the range of the only remaining population of wolves in the lower 48 states and Mexico that requires the protections of the ESA – the Mexican wolf population in the Southwest.

The proposed rule is based on the best science available and incorporates new information about the gray wolf’s current and historical distribution in the contiguous United States and Mexico. It focuses the protection on the Mexican wolf, the only remaining entity that warrants protection under the Act, by designating the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies.

The two proposed rules published in the Federal Register on June 13, 2013.  You can view the rules at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-13/pdf/2013-13982.pdf and http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-13/pdf/2013-13977.pdf.  A 45-day public comment period is re-opening beginning Feb. 10, 2014, and ending at midnight March 27, 2014, for  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-13/pdf/2013-13982.pdf.

To comment electronically: Click here http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073-43030 or go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov, search for Docket No. FWS–HQ–ES–2013–0073, and click on the "Comment Now!" button.  

News Releases
News Release extending the comment period until March 27,2014
News Release extending the comment period until December 17, 2013
News Release for the extension of the comment period until October 28, 2013 and public hearings
News release for the rescheduled hearings and comment extension issued by Region 2
News Release for the June 13, 2013 proposed rules

Peer Review
Report: Review of Proposed Rule Regarding Status of the Wolf Under the Endangered Species Act
Statement of work

Hearing Information
Between September 30, 2013 and December 3, 2013, the service held a series of public hearings on the proposed wolf rules in Washington, DC, Denver, CO, Albuquerque, NM, Sacramento, CA, and Pinetop, AZ.. Transcripts from these hearings are available here as follows:
DC public hearing transcript, Sept 30, 2013
Denver, CO hearing transcript, November 19, 2013
Albuquerque, NM hearing transcript, November 20, 2013
Sacramento, CA hearing transcript, November 22,2013
Pinetop, AZ hearing transcript, December 13, 2013.

Federal Register Notices
February 10, 2014 notice to reopen comment period for the proposal to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and delist the gray wolf
June 13, 2013 notice to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and delist the gray wolf elsewhere or view pdf
June 13, 2013 notice to improve recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf in the Southwest or view pdf
September 11, 2013 notice to extend the comment period until October 28, 2013 for the proposal list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and delist the gray wolf elsewhere
September 11, 2013notice to extend the comment period until October 28, 2013 for the proposal to improve recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf in the Southwest
October 28, 2013 notice to extend the comment period for both proposed rules and announce rescheduled hearing dates

Additional Wolf Resources
DC Wolf Hearing Presentation by Gary Frazer, FWS Assistant Director
FAQs
What Supporters Are Saying
Gray wolf profile page
Regional Information: Mountain Prairie RegionMidwest Region; Southwest Region
USFWS Gray Wolf Flickr Page
FWS Director Dan Ashe blog on wolves



 

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