Evidence to Support or Oppose Delisting

There is an abundance of information to take into account before concluding on a decision of whether to support or oppose the species delisting of the gray wolves. What to take into consideration is that evidence provided has been peer-reviewed by specialists in order to further understand the situation and make the  right choice. Ideas that oppose the listing of the gray wolves include that the FWS must undertake a section 4 analysis of this species throughout its historical range first, before any further action. This is said to be necessary before designating and delisting especially for the  Great Lakes and Northern Rocky Mountains “Distinct Population Segments” (DPS) of gray wolves. This is important due to recent delisting actions that have failed to meet this statutory requirement and are inconsistent with the DPS Policy. In the debate that supports the gray wolves listing, there is also insight and evidence given that abides to the concept. Events that have notioned towards the threat of this species include that 300 wolves have been killed because of efforts to limit livestock depredation since the reintroduction in 1995. The official delisting of the species in recovery areas had also been stalled by a legal dispute between Wyoming and the federal government. The USFWS rejected the Wyoming management plan as inadequate to protect the species in 2004. The disagreement would cause wolves to be subjected to different protection standards in part of the state’s proposal to create a dual classification scheme. The remainder of the gray wolves would then be classified as predators and could be taken with only limited restrictions.

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