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.