Posted: Jun 7, 2013 6:25 PM by Adam Bell - MTN News
Updated: Jun 7, 2013 6:59 PM
US Fish and Wildlife Service is now proposing removing the grey wolf from the endangered and threatened species list.
This decision will have no impact on Montana, one way or the other. This is because the Northern Rockies region already de-listed the grey wolf back in 2011. De-listing the animal placed management of the wolves in the state's hands. Since then, Montana's Fish Wildlife and Parks has been managing the wolf population.
"For the first time, we saw a slight decrease in the wolf population," said Pat Flowers, FWP regional supervisor.
"(It) decreased by about 4 percent. We think it needs to decrease more than that."
As we first reported yesterday, Montana FWP is looking at several different options to continue managing the animal, including possibly extending the hunting season. Flowers says these proposed measures are an indication the endangered species act is working at a state level as well as nationwide.
"What it does point to, I think, is the success under the endangered species act," said Flowers. "In this case I think this de-listing points to a national success in conserving wolves and restoring them to the landscape."
There is still some federal oversight, as a part of the de-listing process from 2011, which will continue until 2016.