Archive of Previous Federal Actions Affecting Gray Wolf ESA Status
July 13, 2000 Proposal to Reclassify/Delist the Gray Wolf in the Lower 48 States
On July 13, 2000, we proposed reclassifying and delisting the gray wolf in portions of the U.S. Information on that proposal is provided below. The proposal was finalized on April 1, 2003 (see the 2003 Final Reclassification/Delisting Rule for information on the 2003 Final Rule) However, on January 31, 2005, a U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon vacated and enjoined the 2003 Final Rule and the U.S. District Court of Vermont ruled similarly. Therefore, the gray wolf ESA status reverted back to that which existed prior to the 2003 reclassification (i.e., Threatened in Minnesota and Endangered in the remainder of the lower 48 states).
Here is what we proposed
Additional information about the Proposed Rule