U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declines endangered status for Rocky Mountain Wolves

In a recent decision, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has opted not to list wolves in Rocky Mountain states under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

In a recent decision, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has opted not to list wolves in Rocky Mountain states under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This determination follows a thorough evaluation of two petitions concerning the status of gray wolves in the region.

Despite being designated as endangered or threatened in most states, the USFWS concluded that the current population size and distribution of gray wolves in the western United States are adequate for their resilience. This decision is seen as a victory for livestock owners, as it alleviates concerns about potential restrictions that could come with an endangered species listing.

However, environmental groups have voiced criticism against the decision, asserting that wolves remain vulnerable in states like Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. They argue that without federal protections, these populations could face threats from human activities and habitat loss.

The USFWS decision has sparked debate and highlighted the ongoing tension between wildlife conservation efforts and the interests of various stakeholders in the region.


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