Wolf Hunting News

USFWS Takes Steps Towards Wolf Delisting, Sets Date of April 2011

Endangered Species Act successful in revitalizing wolves in the Great Lakes, but science, not politics should now guide management as wolf numbers far exceed population goals.

Idaho Suspends Wolf Management Plan

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission, in a telephone conference call Wednesday, December 8, suspended Idaho's 2008-2012 species management plan for wolves.

The 2002 Idaho Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, approved by the Idaho Legislature and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, remains in effect as the foundation for wolf management in the state.

Arizona GFC Supports Delisting of Gray Wolf

After a lengthy meeting on December 4th, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted 4-1 to support Congressional actions to delist the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The Commission sees this as an opportunity to break through the gridlock in the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program, and welcomes the opportunity to manage this important species.

Yukon FWMB Reviewing Wolf Management Plan

The Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board (YFWMB) and Environment Yukon are jointly conducting a review of the territory's Wolf Conservation and Management Plan to find out what values and ecological conditions have changed since it was released in 1992.

"Through the review process, we hope interested parties will learn about the measures in place to manage Yukon wolves that recognize wolves and their prey are integral parts of Yukon ecosystems," Environment Minister John Edzerza said.

Utah Pushing for Federal Delisting of Wolves

The Utah Wildlife Board wants gray wolves removed from the Endangered Species list through federal legislation.

The board consists of seven citizens appointed by the governor. Setting polices that guide the management of wildlife in Utah is their main responsibility.

Members of the board want Utah's wolf management plan to guide the management of any wolves that make their way to Utah from surrounding states. But that can't happen until wolves are removed from federal protection.

The board approved the management plan in 2005.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Takes Over Wolf Management in Idaho

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken over wolf management in Idaho and plans to open a 24-hour, toll-free line for calls related to endangered gray wolf management within Idaho.

The action comes in response to Idaho Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter's announcement that the state would no longer manage wolves as a designated agent under the Endangered Species Act.

Utah Wildlife Board Pushing for Removal of Wolf From Endangered Species List

The Utah Wildlife Board wants gray wolves removed from the Endangered Species list through federal legislation.

The board consists of seven citizens appointed by the governor. Setting polices that guide the management of wildlife in Utah is their main responsibility.

Montana Seeks Comments on Removal of 12 Wolves

Montana wildlife officials are seeking comment on a request that would allow the state to remove up to 12 wolves from the West Fork of the Bitterroot River drainage in southwestern Montana.

RMEF and Other Groups Urge Montana to Stop Wolf Negotiations

In a letter to Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Director Joe Maurier, conservation organizations are urging state officials to stick with science in determining adequate populations of gray wolves, rather than negotiating with environmental and animal rights groups to allow surplus populations.

The agency is currently negotiating a settlement with the 13 groups who sued to keep gray wolves federally protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Nevada Wildlife Commission Moves to Reclassify Wolves in Nevada

With a unanimous vote the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners (Commission) approved a motion directing the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) to draft a proposed regulation that will reclassify wolves as an unprotected species rather than as a game mammal. That same motion also directs the department to petition the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to delist wolves in Nevada as they were never established in Nevada.