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Gray wolf Canis lupus
ESA status: endangered
We are fighting efforts by Congress and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to strip away Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf to ensure this vital ecosystem engineer can thrive on the landscape and help create dynamic, resilient ecosystems. Even though wolves currently inhabit less than seven percent of their historic range and are completely extirpated from places such as the Southern Rockies of Colorado and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, the Service is bending to pressure from the western livestock industry and hunters to strip away federal protections.
- Significant Actions
- February 2007 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service establishes a western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of gray wolf and removes the DPS from the list of threatened and endangered species
- February 2008 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service establishes a northern Rocky Mountains DPS of gray wolf and removes it from the list of threatened and endangered species
- December 2008 - Protections are reinstated for the northern Rocky Mountains and western Great Lakes DPSs in compliance with a court order
- May 2011 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removes the northern Rocky Mountains DPS of gray wolf from the list of threatened and endangered species due to a Congressional rider on an appropriations bill
- December 2011 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removes the western Great Lakes DPS of gray wolf from the list of threatened and endangered species
- September 2012 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removes gray wolves in Wyoming from the list of threatened and endangered species
- June 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes delisting the gray wolf throughout its range
- February 2014 - Peer review of proposed delisting rule released
- February 2015 - Protections are reinstated for the Wyoming population
and western Great Lakes DPS in compliance with court orders
- Press Releases
- May 9, 2012 - "Report: Wolf Conservation Hijacked by User Groups"
- September 17, 2012 - "Sharpshooters but Not Wolves in Rocky Mountain National Park?"
- May 30, 2013 - "Groups Sue U.S. for Failure to Prosecute Under the Endangered Species Act"
- December 17, 2013 - "One Million Americans Speak Out Against Stripping Federal Protections From Wolves"
- December 23, 2013 - "Conservationists Sue to Stop Wolf and Coyote Killing Contest on Public Lands"
- February 7, 2014 - "Breaking: Independent Peer Review Concludes Wolf Delisting Proposal Does Not Represent the Best Available Science"
- October 30, 2014 - "Gray Wolf Spotted in Grand Canyon National Park for First Time in Over 70 Years"
- November 13, 2014 - "Conservationists Sue to Stop Wolf and Coyote Killing Contest"
- November 21, 2014 - "Gray Wolf Confirmed Near Grand Canyon"
- November 25, 2014 - "BLM Says No to Killing Contest on BLM Lands"
- December 11, 2014 - "Grand Canyon Wolf Named 'Echo' in World-wide Contest"
- February 11, 2015 - "Death of Protected Grand Canyon Wolf Confirmed"
- December 21, 2015 - "Conservationists deal blow to Wildlife Services in landmark WA wolf case"
- February 3, 2016 - "Lawsuit Challenges Wildlife Services' Authority to Kill Wolves in Oregon"
- June 1, 2016 - "Conservation Groups Challenge Idaho Wolf-killing"
- June 21, 2016 - “Feds Spent Millions of Public Dollars to Kill Over 1.6 Million Native Animals in 2015”
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