Oregon Delists Gray Wolf

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On November 9 the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-2 to delist the gray wolf (Canis lupus) from the state’s endangered species list. This decision changes little in the short-term for the 81 wolves believed to be residing in the state, but an upcoming wolf plan review could lead to eventual changes in the way the species is managed. Gray wolves in western Oregon will still receive protections due to their federally endangered status. Attempts to federally delist the gray wolf through legislation have been increasing in recent years, with both the Senate and House of Representatives taking steps to insert this language into the 2016 Interior Appropriations Bill.

Read more at Oregon Public Broadcasting

Read TWS’ Position Statement on Wolf Restoration and Management in the Contiguous United States