U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Pacific Region


Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)

General Information

Gray Wolf Species Profile and Listing Information.  This link takes you to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's national database, the Threatened and Endangered Species System (TESS).  Here you will find information regarding recovery plans, critical habitat, and special rules for the gray wolf, as well as other actions or notices that have been published in the Federal Register, including listing and delisting actions.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Mountain-Prairie Region (Region 6) has the lead for gray wolf recovery and conservation issues in the Western United States.  Here is the link to their gray wolf website:

General Western Gray Wolf Information (News, Information, and Recovery Reports)


Gray Wolf Management in the Western U.S.

Here are some links to some of the most current issues involving the gray wolf in the Western United States.  Most recently, the State of Idaho applied for a recovery permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a permit issued under the authority of section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act "for scientific purposes or to enhance the propagation or survival of the affected species."  If approved, this permit would give the State of Idaho the authority to manage gray wolves north of Interstate 90 in Idaho, in accordance with the Service's 1999 Interim Wolf Control Plan and some elements of the State of Idaho's Service-approved Wolf Conservation and Management Plan (see below). 

The Notice of Receipt of Permit Application for the State of Idaho's gray wolf recovery permit published in the Federal Register on January 10, 2006.  Public comment is invited on the permit application, and will be accepted until February 9, 2006. Links to the State of Idaho's permit application, their 2002 Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, and the 1999 Interim Wolf Control Plan for Northest Montana and Northern Idaho are provided below:

State of Idaho's Application for a 10(a)(1)(A) Scientific Purposes, Enhancement of Propagation, or Survival (Recovery) Permit for the Gray Wolf (October 2005)

State of Idaho Wolf Conservation and Management Plan (March 2002)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serivce Interim Wolf Control Plan for Northwestern Montana and the Panhandle of Northern Idaho (excluding the experimental population area) (September 1999)


Gray Wolf Photo by Tracy Brooks, courtesy Mission Wolf/USFWS

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