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Archive of Previous Federal Actions Affecting Gray Wolf ESA Status

April 1, 2003 Final Rule to Reclassify/Delist the Gray Wolf

This "Final Rule " is not in effect

On January 31, 2005, a U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon vacated and enjoined the Final Rule and the Department of Justice declined to appeal the decision. The Vermont District Court ruled similarly. Therefore, the Service considered that the gray wolf reverted back to the ESA status that existed prior to the 2003 reclassification (i.e., Threatened in Minnesota and Endangered in remainder of conterminous U.S.).


Below are documents that were prepared for the April 1, 2003 Gray Wolf Final Reclassification and Delisting Rule


Federal Register Notice (April 1, 2003): Final Rule To Reclassify and Remove the Gray Wolf From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in Portions of the Conterminous United States; Establishment of Two Special Regulations for Threatened Gray Wolves; Final and Proposed Rules (PDF)


Final Rule Summary html; pdf


Final Rule Corrections pdf


Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Removing the Western Distinct Population Segment of Gray Wolf from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife pdf


Final Rule: Questions and Answers html; pdf


Reference List for Gray Wolf Reclassification/Delisting Final Rule pdf


Gray Wolf Eastern Distinct Population Segment (html; pdf) fact sheet about what the Eastern DPS designation means


Questions and Answers About the Gray Wolf Western Distinct Population Segment 4(d) Rule pdf


What is the Difference Between Endangered and Threatened? html; pdf


Special Regulations for Taking Gray Wolves


Minnesota 4(d) Rule pdf


4(d) Rule for Midwestern Wolves (except Minnesota) pdf


Summary of the Federal Regulations for Gray Wolves in the Eastern DPS html; pdf


Western Distinct Population Segment 4(d) Rule pdf


Summary of Western Gray Wolf DPS 4(d) Rule pdf


Yellowstone and Central Idaho Non-essential Experimental Population Areas pdf


Mexican Wolf Non-essential Experimental Population Area pdf


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