"The rule delisting the gray wolf
must be set aside because, though it may be a pragmatic solution to a difficult biological issue, it is not a legal one," Molloy wrote.
Fish and Wildlife Service has a responsibility to accurately portray its management of the Mexican gray wolf
," said Michael Robinson of the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity.
Fish & Wildlife Service proposed the removal of the gray wolf
in the Eastern Distinct Population Segment from the Endangered Species List.
Historically, the gray wolf
was found throughout most of the contiguous United States and parts of Central Mexico, but was extirpated soon after European settlement in most areas.
The three DPSs encompass the entire historic range of the gray wolf
in the lower 48 states and Mexico, and correspond to the three areas of the country where there are wolf populations and ongoing recovery activities.
Some scientists say the red wolf is a unique species because the size and structure of its head is significantly different from that of the gray wolf
While the gray wolf
remains under federal protection in Oregon, wildlife conservation groups such as Predator Defense worry that delisting by the state is the first step down a slope that ends with the extinction of wolves in Oregon, once all protection of the species is removed.
The confirmation that it was a lone gray wolf
that attacked sheep on a Shelburne farm last fall serves as a reminder that the rural and suburban landscapes are very different places today than when the first settlers confronted the New England wilderness.
are at odds on how the Cowboy State should manage its gray wolf
The Service's Region 3 website contains a "Gray Wolf
Recovery" webpage with information on the July 13, 2000, proposal to reclassify most wolf populations in the lower 48 states as threatened: http://midwest.fws.gov/wolf
Such primal scenes are becoming more and more common in the northwest, where reintroduction programs beginning in 1995 have brought gray wolf
numbers up to 90 in Yellowstone National Park alone.
This 10,000-square-mile area--the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem--supports major populations of the endangered gray wolf
and bald eagle and the threatened grizzly bear.
Recently, critics have assailed captive breeding programs for the extinct-in-the-wild red wolf, arguing that the animal is a hybrid between the gray wolf
and the coyote (SN: 6/15/91, p.374).