Proposal to Reclassify/Delist the Gray Wolf in the Lower 48 States (July 13, 2000)
This proposal was finalized on April 1, 2003, but due to a lawsuit that Final Rule is no longer in effect.
Map of Distinct Population Segments Proposed in 2000
On July 13, 2000, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service proposed reclassifying and delisting the gray wolf in portions of the U.S. The 2000 proposal included establishing 4 gray wolf Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) within the lower 48 states. Although four DPSs, as identified on the map below, were proposed, three distinct population segments were established by the Final Reclassification/Delisting Rule which was published April 1, 2003.
However, on January 31, 2005, a U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon vacated and enjoined that 2003 Rule. Therefore, the Service currently considers the gray wolf to have reverted back to the ESA status that existed prior to the 2003 reclassification.
Prepare July 2000