RMEF supports USFWS decision on gray wolf

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation strongly agrees with a recent decision by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that gray wolves will not be on the federal endangered species list. The Biden administration filed on August 20, 2021 in favor of the final rule of delisting all gray wolves in Lower 48.

“Nothing has changed here. It’s a matter of science. Scientists and biologists under the Biden administration agree with those under the Trump administration as well as the Obama administration before them that wolves continue to meet the criteria for radiation and are successfully recovered, ”said Kyle Weaver, President and CEO of RMEF. “As a recovered species, wolves will and should be appropriately managed by state agencies in accordance with the North American model of wildlife conservation through regulated hunting and trapping.”

The USFWS reviewed the 2020 write-off rule and concluded it in accordance with ESA and based on the best scientific data available at that time.

Wolf populations far exceed state and federal management goals in Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. They are at modern historic levels in both Oregon and Washington State. Additionally, active puppy-producing packs are on the ground in California and Colorado with confirmed sightings in other states.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 37 years ago, powered by hunters and with over 231,000 members, the RMEF has conserved over 8.1 million acres for elk and other wildlife. The RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and secure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Find out why “Hunting Is Conservation ™” at rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK


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