The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will review the status of the Mexican gray wolf to determine if it should be listed as an endangered species separate from other North American gray wolves.
Animal rights activists filed petitions last year seeking a separate listing. The court settlement required FWS to issue a finding by the end of July.
Therefore, a 90-day finding was announced on two petitions to list the Mexican gray wolf as an endangered subspecies and designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. Although the Mexican wolf is not listed as a subspecies, it is currently listed as endangered within the broader listing of gray wolves.
Comments may be submitted until Oct. 4. The full document is available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-19199.htm.