Court upholds USFWS decision to delist WY wolves

©Eric Kilby

On March 3, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a 2012 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to delist gray wolves (Canis lupus) in Wyoming. The court found that USFWS reasonably determined Wyoming’s management plan was adequate to aid in recovery of the species. This overturns a 2014 ruling from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia which relisted the state’s wolves under the Endangered Species Act. In Wyoming, wolves are managed as Trophy Game Animals in the northwest and Predatory Animals in the rest of the state. 

Read more at U.S. News.

Read TWS’ Position Statement on Wolf Restoration and Management in the Contiguous United States, and Fact Sheet on Gray Wolf Populations in the Conterminous United States.