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Comment on the Gray Wolf's Status

| 10/28/2008 4:46:13 PM


Gray Wolf Montana   

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced today that it is reopening the public comment period on the 2007 proposal to delist the gray wolf in the northern Rocky Mountains from the Endangered Species List. The public has until November 28, 2008 to submit comments.

The Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Plan started in 1987. The Recovery Plan committee did not believe the wolves would naturally reestablish themselves in the Yellowstone ecosystem. The committee proposed the transplantation of healthy wolves to the area to increase and aid the recovery of the wolf population, something the 1982 Amendment to the Endangered Species Act allowed.

There are two ways to submit a comment on the proposal to delist the gray wolf: through the Federal eRuling Portal at or through the U.S. mail to: Public Comments Processing, Attn:  RIN 1018-Au53; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA  22203. E-mails and faxes are not accepted.

The affected areas are all of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, the eastern one-third of Washington and Oregon and parts of north-central Utah, although FWS welcomes comments from the public of all states and regions.

Minimum recovery goals of 30 breeding pairs and 300 wolves for three consecutive years have been met and retained since 2002.

Eric Botley
11/20/2008 11:27:21 AM

Continued preservation is not what is needed, but monitored and managed conservation (i.e. limited harvest). The habitat has changed to the point that if the wolf population continues unchecked the result will potentially be greater than the original depletion of wolves (the ramifications will not be isolated to the wolf population). When we lead solely with our emotions, folks, we turn blindly away from the realities with which responsible people must wrestle.

Madonna Barnard
11/11/2008 10:16:20 AM

Wolves should remain on the list. Wolves are a necessary part of the ecosystem. Because we tampered with the wolves existence once before, we had to bring them back from the edge of extinction and reintroduce them to areas that had been out of balance without them (see Yellowstone Park). How many times do we have to go through this cycle before anyone figures this out??? Or is this just a matter of job security for somebody?

Kathy Bouwens
11/11/2008 9:39:28 AM

Wolves are a great part of this country's ecological and spiritual history. They need our help to survive. Every time a species dies, so does a part of us. I understand the farmers' plight, but, unlike man, wolves will not kill needlessly but kill to survive.

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