|Photo Caption: Gray wolf. Credit: Gary Kramer / USFWS|
December 4, 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. The proposal comes after a comprehensive review confirmed its successful recovery in the western Great Lakes states and Northern Rockies following management actions undertaken by federal, state and local partners following the wolf’s listing under the Endangered Species Act over three decades ago. 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 Service’s comprehensive review determined that the current listing for gray wolf, which was 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.
NOTE: The two proposed rules published in the Federal Register on June 13, 2013. The public comment periods that were due to close on September 11 have now been extended through 11:59 p.m. December 17, 2013. Guidance on how to provide comments is provided here.
Please visit www.regulations.gov to view all Federal Register notices, and to submit electronic comments.
News Release extending the comment period until December 17
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 proposed rules
Between September 30 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 will be posted to this page as soon as they are available.
DC public hearing transcript, Sept 30, 2013
Federal Register Notices
June 13 notice to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and delist the gray wolf elsewhere or view pdf
June 13 notice to improve recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf in the Southwest or view pdf
September 11 notice to extend the comment period until October 28 for the proposal list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and delist the gray wolf elsewhere
September 11 notice to extend the comment period until October 28 for the proposal to improve recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf in the Southwest
October 28 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
What Supporters Are Saying
Gray wolf profile page
Regional Information: Mountain Prairie Region; Midwest Region; Southwest Region
USFWS Gray Wolf Flickr Page
FWS Director Dan Ashe blog on wolves