USFWS Begins Process to Delist Wolves in Lower 48

The US Fish and Wildlife Service started the process to remove endangered species protections from wolves. The main focus of this effort concentrates on the Great Lakes population, but also includes those in the Pacific Northwest. The process to delist is likely to be a lengthy battle because animal rights groups have a long history of misusing the Endangered Species Act to advance their own ideology.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday told The Associated Press it has begun a science-based review of the status of the wolf, which presently is covered by the Endangered Species Act in most of the nation and cannot be killed unless threatening human life. If the agency decides to begin the process of removing of the wolf from the endangered species list, it will publish a proposal by the end of the year.

“Any proposal will follow a robust, transparent and open public process that will provide opportunity for public comment,” the service said in a statement to the AP.

Of course animal rights groups are against even considering the proposal to delist. They claim that wolves should still be protected because they have not recovered across their native range. This is an incredibly misleading statement since the majority of the wolf’s historic range no longer contains suitable habitat.

Right now elk occupy approximately 12{5c20afc010e65415aecac9ea1262ea64a0924a29c29fc9ad7cafd2eeb769a435} of their historic range, but that does not mean they are endangered. No one claims that Elk need protection because of their absents from areas they once occupied. That line of logic only makes a good soundbite.

As far as I can tell the science supports desisting and state management. State management has been highly successful in the stewardship of wildlife. We have come a long way in the last 100 years in how we manage wildlife and we should continue to do what works and not bow to special interest animal rights groups.