Why Are Gray Wolves Endangered? – A Report

By , February 8th, 2014 | Science | 0 Comments

Gray Wolf was declared endangered species in 1975, but now it is not such. A statement issued by National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California in Santa Barbara says the earlier decision of The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) were then not supported by science.

Steven Courtney, panel member of NCEAS, said USFWS used science which was not the best then and so they listed Gray Wolf in the list of endangered species. However, he said further scientific evidence is required before removing it from the list.

NCEAS director Frank Davis said their mission is supporting and they are glad the USFWS asked for help. He added they are using the advancing science to make relative decision.

NCEAS also added they are looking ahead to know which parts of the country are best suited for the species. For more than past 100 years the federal government sponsored trapping and poisoning programs for the gray wolf, but since 2011 hunting of it was made illegal in the Great Lakes and northern Rockies.

USFWS Director Dan Ashe said it is important to review while evaluating the health of a species and they are incorporating to it for the proposed rulemaking.

Public comments will be reopened and it proves the government is rethinking on the review.

Since 1967 the species are under the protection of federal government in 48 states.

Lately the hunters, ranchers and farmers have been wanting the government to delist the gray wolves from the endangered list.

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