This week in the Federal Register, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final rule to comply with a court order that reinstates the regulatory protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the gray wolf in most of the Northern Rocky Mountains. Pursuant to the District of Montana court order dated Aug. 5, this rule changes the gray wolf listing for the northern half of Montana, the northern panhandle of Idaho, the eastern third of Washington and Oregon and north-central Utah to endangered and reinstates the former special rules designating the gray wolf in the remainder of Montana and Idaho as nonessential experimental populations. Because ESA protections were not removed in Wyoming, Wyoming is not impacted by this final rule.
The final rule is available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-26765.htm.