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Conserving the Nature of America

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

History of Decline, Protection and Recovery

 

This "Proposal to Delist" was never finalized

In 2004, the Service proposed to remove Endangered Species Act protection (i.e., "delist") for all gray wolves in the Eastern Distinct Population Segment that had been established by a 2003 Final Rule. Below is a Question and Answer Fact Sheet that was prepared for that delisting proposal.

 

After the 2004 proposal to delist the Gray Wolf Eastern Distinct Population Segment was published, a ruling by the Oregon court and the Vermont court vacated the 2003 Rule and the Department of Justice declined to appeal. Therefore, the Service could not finalize the delisting proposal.

 

July 21, 2004 - Proposal to Delist the Gray Wolf Eastern Distinct Population Segment

 

Public Comments on theProposal to Delist the Gray Wolf Eastern Distinct Population Segment

Public comments received by mail, fax, and e:mail are scanned and logged. The electronic copies, along with a database to allow searches, will be available at our Regional Office and at our Field Offices after the public comment period has closed.

 

Transcripts of the public hearings will be posted below as we receive them from the respective court reporter.

 

August 31, 2004 - Bemidji, Minnesota Public Hearing Transcript (61 pages; 76KB pdf)

September 1, 2004 - Virginia, Minnesota Public Hearing Transcript (45 pages; 64KB pdf)

October 6, 2004 - Bloomington, Minnesota Public Hearing Transcript (51 pages; 65KB pdf)

 

September 13, 2004 - Marquette, Michigan Public Hearing Transcript (32 pages; 46KB pdf)

September 14, 2004 - Sault Ste. Marie Public Hearing Transcript (20 pages; 41KB pdf)

September 15, 2004 - East Lansing Public Hearing Transcript (37 pages; 50KB pdf)

 

September 27, 2004 - Madison, Wisconsin Public Hearing Transcript (58 pages; 73KB pdf)

September 28, 2004 - Wausau, Wisconsin Public Hearing Transcript (44 pages; 72KB pdf)

September 29, 2004 - Ashland, Wisconsin Public Hearing Transcript (72 pages; 94KB pdf)

 

October 20, 2004 - Orono, Maine Public Hearing Transcript (75 pages; 2.5 MB pdf)

 


Chronology of Federal Actions
Gray Wolves in the Western Great Lakes States