The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) formally announced its proposal to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list throughout the lower 48 states (with the exception of the Mexican wolf population).
The FWS’s monumental decision recognizes the gray wolf’s recovery resulting from state wildlife management and the participation of the hunting community. This achievement in conservation demonstrates the impact of successful science-based efforts across the country.
“Safari Club International would like to thank the U.S. FWS and Director Dan Ashe for proposing this science-based delisting for the gray wolf,” said SCI President Craig Kauffman. “SCI stands prepared to go to court to ensure that when this decision is finalized it will not be hijacked by environmentalists who prefer endless legal battles to science-based management.”
Safari Club International has long supported the delisting of the gray wolf species and the return of wolf management to the individual states. States will manage their wolf populations in a proper balance with prey species and will also make certain that there is adequate wildlife available to hunters whose participation in wildlife management and conservation is essential to the conservation of both predator and prey species.
“The Service’s decision today to delist gray wolves only makes sense, and is long overdue,” said Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04). “This untangles the ridiculous situation in Washington, Oregon and Utah, where wolves had been listed one side of a highway, and not on the other. Private landowners, local governments and states should not be subjected to federal wolf listings when wolf populations are thriving, up as much as 300 percent in some areas, and will be managed much more effectively at the state level.”