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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: 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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