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Gray wolves could be off endangered list
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GRAY WOLVES could soon be removed from the Endangered Species list.  
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
GRAY WOLVES could soon be removed from the Endangered Species list. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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WOODS CROSS – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services could remove the gray wolf off the Endangered Species list.

The initial decision was made early this month kicking off a comment period of 90 days. The final decision is expected this fall.

John Shivik, mammals coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said the number of gray wolves is increasing, and now is a good time to see them removed from the list.

“Now that the species is recovered, the focus needs to shift,” he said in a press release. “If wolves make their way to Utah, balancing the number of wolves with the amount of prey that’s available to them needs to be the focus.”

The wolves have made their way into Utah from time to time, said Shivik, and protecting livestock will become a concern for biologists should they begin to establish themselves in the state. 

Being able to manage the wolves will be a priority as well, he said. As a result, the division will use the state’s Wolf Management Plan. It can be found online at wildlife.utah.gov.

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June 24, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should rethink its hasty decision to remove the gray wolf in the lower 48 states from protection under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA). The gray wolf population of roughly 6,100 is still recovering and deserves the protection first awarded under the ESA in 1973. Delisting gray wolves now means that, in some areas, populations could dwindle to ecologically irrelevant numbers. Additionally, when gray wolf management has historically been handed over to the states, as in 2011 in the Great Lakes Region, wolves were promptly subjected to renewed slaughter, poisoning, trapping, and sport-hunting. Gray wolf protection needs to remain to enable wolf recovery throughout the species’ historic range.
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