The Latest: Wyoming’s wolf delisting thrown out

A U.S. District Court hands management back to the feds.

 

Backstory

1974: The nearly extinct gray wolf was listed as endangered.

1995: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reintroduced gray wolves into Idaho and Yellowstone National Park.

May 2011: The now-thriving predator was delisted in Montana, Idaho and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah, but remained protected in Wyoming because the state lacked a viable management plan (“How the gray wolf lost its endangered status — and how enviros helped,” HCN, 6/6/11). After Wyoming revised its plan, that decision was reversed in September 2012. Under the state’s plan, wolves could be shot on sight in the “predator zone,” which spans nearly 80 percent of Wyoming.

Followup  

Wyoming’s attempt at wolf management is over, at least for now; conservationists challenged the 2012 decision and a U.S. District Court recently affirmed that the delisting was premature and a violation of federal law. Defenders of Wildlife CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark said, “Any state that has a wolf-management plan that allows for unlimited wolf killing should not be allowed to manage wolves.” The state’s fall wolf-hunting season is now on hold.