Wolf News Roundup May 17, 2019
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
May 17, 2019
Wolf delisting comment period
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has extended the comment period for its proposal to remove gray wolves in the contiguous United States from the list of federally protected species.
According to a press release from the agency: "The Service is extending by 60 days the public comment period on a proposed rule to remove the gray wolf from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act. We are extending the comment period to allow all interested parties additional time to comment on the proposal."
Comments must be received on or before July 15, 2019. Full details are provided at the link below.
The Trump administration’s proposal to remove gray wolves from the list of federally protected species drew the support of the head of Oregon’s wildlife department, but the governor of that state issued a letter overriding the wildlife department, instead declaring that "The state of Oregon and its agencies do not support the delisting of wolves…"
Washington state officials are assessing whether to relocate wolves from the eastern portion of the state to the western region where no breeding wolf population currently exists. Wolves in the eastern one-third of Washington were removed from federal protections in 2011, but remain federally protected in the remainder of the state. Wolves throughout Washington are also subject to a state endangered species law.
Outfitter permit contested
A Jackson Hole outfitter illegally killed a wolf last year, and now the Humane Society of the United States has request that his outfitting license be revoked. Click on the link below for the article in the Jackson Hole News & Guide.