Successful Recovery Efforts Prompt Service Proposal to Delist Gray Wolf   Leave a comment

Successful Recovery Efforts Prompt Service Proposal to Delist Gray Wolf

June 7, 2013

Four decades of work by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to protect and recover the gray wolf (Canis lupus) have successfully brought the species back from the brink of extinction in the western Great Lakes and Northern Rocky Mountains. As a result of these successful efforts to ensure that the gray wolf is no longer threatened with extinction as a species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to remove it from the list of threatened and endangered species throughout the United States and Mexico, while maintaining protection for the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) in the Southwest.

The Service will continue federal protection and expand recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf in the Southwest by proposing to designate the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies under the Endangered Species Act and to modify existing regulations governing the nonessential experimental population. Outside of that recovery area, management and protection of wolves would be returned to state wildlife management agency professionals, following approved wolf management plans in states where wolves occur or are likely to occur in the future.

NOTE: The two proposed rules published in the Federal Register on June 13, 2013. The Fish and Wildlife Service welcomes public comment, which will be accepted for 90 days from the date of publication through 11:59 p.m. on September 11, 2013. Guidance on how to provide comment is provided here. Please visit to view all Federal Register notices, and to submit an electronic comment.

News Release

What Supporters Are Saying


Federal Register NoticesGray wolf or view pdfMexican wolf or view pdf:

More information: Gray wolf profile page

Regional Information: Gray wolf: Mountain Prairie RegionMidwest Region; Mexican wolf: Southwest Region

USFWS Gray Wolf Flickr Page

FWS Director Dan Ashe blog on wolves


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