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The gray wolf may be removed from the threatened and endangered species list

Once hunted to near extinction, the gray wolf population is healthy.  But this may change if a proposal to remove the wolf from the threatened and endangered species list is passed..
Gary Kramer / USFWS

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to permanently remove the gray wolf from the threatened and endangered species list. The proposal was first added to the federal registry on June 13, 2013. The general public may comment on the proposal until December 17, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Once this time has expired, comments will no longer be accepted.

This proposal was adopted after a review into the wolf’s population “confirmed its successful recovery in the western Great Lakes states and Northern Rockies following management actions undertaken by federal, state and local partners following the wolf’s listing under the Endangered Species Act over three decades ago”. However, advocates in favor of keeping the gray wolf on the threatened and endangered species list argue that should federal protections be removed, the gray wolf will once again be hunted to the brink of extinction.

Back in 2011, the gray wolf was de-listed from the threatened and endangered species list from the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes Region. Since that time, a total of 2,249 wolves have been killed; many of them by trophy hunters. According to the Humane Society, this number can be broken down by state as follows:

  • Minnesota 494
  • Wisconsin 330
  • Michigan 8
  • Idaho 822
  • Montana 477
  • Wyoming 118

If you would like to submit your comments, there is still time to do so. However, time is running out. Please visit the US Fish and Wildlife Service website for more information about the proposal and instructions on submitting your comments. You can also follow this link which will take you to the listing of the current proposals on file. Find the link entitled “Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis lupis) from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife”. Once you click onto the "comment now" button, you will be able to submit your comments to the federal registry.

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