Gray Wolf Management
Successful Recovery Efforts Prompt Proposal to Delist Gray Wolf
Four decades of work by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to protect and recover the gray wolf have successfully brought the species back from the brink of extinction in the western Great Lakes and Northern Rocky Mountains. As a result of these successful efforts to ensure that the gray wolf is no longer threatened with extinction as a species, the Service has proposed to remove it from the list of threatened and endangered species throughout the United States and Mexico, while maintaining protection for the Mexican wolf in the Southwest. The Service will open a 90-day public comment period on both proposals.
Press Release, Federal Register Notices and Other Documents
USFWS Gray Wolf Flicker Page (Photo Gallery)
FWS and State Agencies Release 2011 Annual Report for the Northern Rocky Mountain Population
The 2011 Interagency Annual Report for the Northern Rocky Mountain Distinct Population Segment (NRM DPS), compiled by cooperating federal, state and tribal agencies, estimates that the NRM population increased to 1,774 wolves and 109 breeding pairs. The NRM area includes all of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, the eastern one-third of Washington and Oregon and a small portion of north central Utah.
The report is posted online at http://westerngraywolf.fws.gov and is composed of seven Sections: 1) Montana; 2) Wyoming; 3) Idaho; 4) Oregon, 5) Washington, 6) Service overview of dispersal; wolves outside of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming; funding; litigation; and recent publications; and 7) tables and figures of wolf population, wolf pack distribution, and wolf depredations and wolf control.
Interagency Annual Report
October 4, 2011- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Gray Wolf Delisting and
Transfer of Gray Wolf Management to the State of Wyoming
Following approval of a revised wolf management plan by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to remove the gray wolf population in Wyoming from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Due to recovery efforts and the provisions of the revised state plan, the Wyoming wolf population is healthy and stable, current and future threats to wolves have been addressed, and a post-delisting monitoring and management framework has been developed. If this proposal is finalized, the gray wolf would be delisted in Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and future management for this species, except in National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges, would be conducted by the appropriate State or tribal wildlife agencies.
Comments must be received within 100 days, on or before January 13, 2012. The Service will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means the agency will post any personal information provided through the process. The Service is not able to accept email or fax comments.
A peer review panel is scheduled to conduct an assessment of this proposal during the public comment period. Once completed in December, this assessment will be posted online at http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/wolf/. Additional background information on gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountain region is available on the same site.
All comments and information, including on the assessment, received during the comment period will be considered during the preparation of a final determination. Accordingly, the final decision may differ from this proposal.
For further information, contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region Office, Ecological Services Division, 134 Union Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80228; telephone 303–236–7400. Persons who use a telecommunications
Proposed Wyoming Wolf Delisting News Release and Fact Sheet
Aug 3, 2011- Salazar, Ashe Finalize Agreement with Wyoming on Revised Gray Wolf Management Plan
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced that the Service has reached an agreement with the State of Wyoming that will result in revisions to the state’s management plan for the gray wolf. The points of agreement, first announced in principle in early July, promote the management of a stable, sustainable population of wolves and pave the way for the Service to return wolf management to Wyoming.
May 4, 2011- Interior Announces Next Steps in Protection, Recovery
and Scientific Management of Wolves
The Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it is proposing to delist biologically recovered gray wolf populations in the Western Great Lakes, and – in accordance with recently enacted legislation – reinstating the Service’s 2009 decision to delist biologically recovered gray wolf populations in the Northern Rocky Mountains. “Like other iconic species such as the whooping crane, the brown pelican, and the bald eagle, the recovery of the gray wolf is another success story of the Endangered Species Act,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “The gray wolf’s biological recovery reflects years of work by scientists, wildlife managers, and our state, tribal, and stakeholder partners to bring wolf populations back to healthy levels.”
News Release (PDF 102 KB)
Delisting Federal Register Notice May 5, 2011 (PDF 56 KB)
Gray Wolf Contact Information
- To report suspected wolf depredations on livestock or pets, contact: USDA Wildlife Services:
Toll-free at 866-487-3297 or 208-378-5077