|Photo Caption: Pair of gray wolves. Credit: USFWS|
June 7, 2013
What States are Saying about the Service’s Gray Wolf Proposal
“The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is firmly committed to the long-term persistence of wolves in Washington. In 2011, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved Washington’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan (Plan). A wide range of stakeholders participated in the development of that Plan. Washington’s Plan established recovery objectives throughout the state and assures that state protections will remain in place over the long-term. The Plan contains management tools designed to minimize wolf-livestock interactions and address potential impacts on the state’s deer and elk populations. The Commission believes the state should be responsible for the management of wolves and supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s consideration of delisting gray wolves under the federal Endangered Species Act. By publishing the proposed rule, the Service ensures this important consideration can take place in an open and public process.”
- Miranda Wecker, Chair of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission
“After years of hard work by the states and our federal partners, I am pleased that wolves are ready to stand on their own under the management of state professional wildlife biologists.”
- Wyoming Governor Matt Mead
“The State of Utah commends the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state and local goverments, and others for decades of effort in successfully recovering the gray wolf (canis lupus) from the threat of extinction.
Both the Utah Legislature and the Office of the Governor have long advocated removing the gray wolf from the list of threatened and endangered species. Utah concurs with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s conclusion that the species no longer warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act. Additionally, we fully support the agency’s decision to move forward with finalizing a rule that will delist the species in Utah and elsewhere in the United States.
While Utah does not currently have a confirmed population of gray wolves, we are prepared to manage responsibly any wolves that enter the state. Through a process involving significant research and stakeholder input, we developed and adopted a wolf management plan. This plan ensures the viability of wolf populations while providing reasonable protections for Utah residents.”
- Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert
"With a solid state conservation and management plan in place for the Northern grey wolf, an experienced wildlife management agency that is committed to wolf recovery, and established populations recovering at an increasing rate, Oregon is ready to take on further responsibility for wolf management in this state. We know that there are questions that need to be resolved in moving toward a delisting of the Northern grey wolf under the federal ESA, and we believe the rulemaking process is an appropriate forum to address these issues. Oregon is supportive of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publishing a proposed rule to begin this dialogue, and we look forward to participating in the scientific review process."
- Roy Elicker, Director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife:
“The gray wolf’s progress represents years of successful work by state and federal agencies and the Fish and Wildlife Service proposal reflects that; this is good news for the species and for our state. The delisting allows the state, through CPW and the Parks and Wildlife Commission, to manage the species consistent with public desires and resource needs as we do many other important wildlife species.”
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director Rick D. Cables
“We’re glad to see the delisting effort of the gray wolf in western North Dakota. It’s been confusing for the public to understand how the wolf is under state jurisdiction in the eastern half of the state while under federal jurisdiction in the western half. With this delisting effort the wolf will be under state jurisdiction with the borders of the state.”
- State of North Dakota