Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the intention to delist gray wolves in the continental United States. Wolves are currently above objective in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin and are spreading into California, Oregon, Washington and other states.
“The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has long maintained that wolves should be delisted and managed by state wildlife agencies, just as they manage all other wildlife species including elk, deer, bears, pronghorn antelope and mountains lions,” said Kyle Weaver Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation President & CEO. “We look forward to seeing and reviewing the particular details of the Department of Interior’s gray wolf delisting proposal.”
Wolves are already under state management in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming where they are anywhere from 150 to 400 percent above minimum recovery goals.
(Photo source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)