June 7, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to remove the gray wolf from the list of threatened and endangered species. The proposal comes after a comprehensive review confirmed its successful recovery following management actions undertaken by federal, state and local partners following the wolf's listing under the Endangered Species Act over three decades ago. The service is also proposing to maintain protection and expand recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf in the Southwest, where it remains endangered.
The service will open a 90-day comment period on both proposals seeking additional scientific, commercial and technical information from the public and other interested parties. The comment period will commence upon publication of the proposed rules in the Federal Register. Relevant information received during this comment period will be reviewed and addressed in the final determination on these proposals, which will be made in 2014.
For more information on gray and Mexican wolves, including the proposed rules, visit www.fws.gov/graywolfrecovery062013.html