Gray wolves remain protected statewide
May 15, 2011
Although wolves have been removed from federal Endangered Species Act protection in the eastern portion of Washington, they remain protected as a state endangered species throughout Washington.
That was a reminder sent out recently by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Under congressional direction that prevents any judicial review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has removed the northern Rocky Mountain population of gray wolves from federal endangered status. The action affects wolves in Montana, Idaho, the eastern third of Oregon and Washington, and a small area of north-central Utah.
The de-listing covers Eastern Washington east of U.S. 97 from the Canadian border to state Route 17, east of SR 17 to U.S. 395, and east of U.S. 395 to the Oregon border.
Wolves are still state-listed as endangered in Washington because their numbers are low and they do not inhabit most of their historic range, according to state wildlife biologists. The state population is estimated at two dozen wolves, with only a couple of successful breeding pairs or packs with pups documented to date.
Wolves remain federally listed as an endangered species in the western two-thirds of the state.
More information about wolves in the state is available at wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/gray_wolf.
Source: http://www.theolympian.com/2011/05/15/1 ... ewide.html
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