Wolves Once Again Listed On the Endangered Species List

According to a New York Times article that came out today, a recent ruling has put wolves in 44 of the lower 48 states back on the endangered species list. This decision came from Senior District Judge Jeffrey S. White, of United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Not surprised that this ruling comes from California.

In his ruling he finds that “the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, in declaring wolf conservation a success and removing the species from federal protection, did not adequately consider threats to wolves outside of the Great Lakes and Northern Rocky Mountains where they have rebounded most significantly.”

This is reminiscent of the ruling back in 2012 where they were listed on the ESL at that time due to wolves not recovering in all their historic ranges. In reality, that will probably never happen because of increased development. Wolves, particularly in Minnesota, have recovered and should be under the management of the state’s biologists.

States that this does not affect include Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and New Mexico.

We’ll be keeping an eye on this story as it develops.

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