November 2, 2020

Gray Wolves Removed from ESA, Interior Department Returns Management to States and Tribes

Last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the delisting of the gray wolf species from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) after decades of focused conservation efforts and monitoring. This delisting reflects a successful recovery of the species. Now, state and tribal wildlife management professionals will take over responsibility for management of the gray wolf species in states where populations exist. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will also continue to monitor the species for the next five years to ensure the population continues to thrive.

The decision was made based on the science-based data and analyses gathered from monitoring the species throughout its tenure on the List of Threatened and Endangered Species. Gray wolves were listed under the ESA more than 45 years ago. Currently, the population in the United States exceeds 6,000, significantly exceeding the population goals established when the species was initially listed under the ESA.

For more information on the recovery of the gray wolf, click here.  

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