In what has been perhaps one of the greatest successes of the Endangered Species Act, gray wolves are no longer considered critically endangered.
45 years since one of the most charismatic and persecuted carnivores on Earth was listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), management of the gray wolf in the lower 48 states will now be passed to state and tribal governments, in what has been one of the ESA’s great successes.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service based its decision based on the best scientific data available, a thorough analysis of how threats to the wolf population have been addressed, and outstanding commitments to monitor progress throughout the country once delisted.
Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt in a statement stated, “After more than 45 years as a listed species, the gray wolf has exceeded all conservation goals for recovery. Today’s announcement simply reflects the determination that this species is neither a threatened nor endangered species based on the specific factors Congress has laid out in the law.”
Over the past 4 decades, the number of gray wolves have soared from less than a hundred refugees to roughly 6,000.
California Congressman Ken Calvert (R) referred to the delisting as “an important milestone that illustrates the positive gains made in recovering this treasured species.”
The delisting of the wolves will now pass to state and tribal wildlife management agencies.
Source: Good News Network