Since being listed as an endangered species in 1974, the gray wolf has exceeded recovery goals by more than 300 percent and has bipartisan support for a delisting. In 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed removing the wolves’ endangered status, and were met with threats by environmental groups to take the rule to federal court.
Today, the USFWS has proposed a rule to delist the gray wolf nationwide. PLC supports this effort and encourages individuals to submit comments in favor of the rule before May 14, 2019.
“Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington have demonstrated that states have the means to responsibly manage stable wolf populations. There is no longer a need to take valuable resources from other critical species that need protection, and it is essential we comment in support of Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed rule to return management of the gray wolf to the states.” – PLC Past President, Bob Skinner