An agreement has been reached that could see the gray wolf come off the Endangered Species List. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it has settled with a majority of plaintiffs over a 2010 federal court decision to reinstate protections for gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains.
The settlement offers a path for the USFWS to return management of the wolf populations in Idaho and Montana to the states. It would still need to be approved by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy, based in Missoula, Mont. Separate negotiations are ongoing between the service and the state of Wyoming in an effort to reach an agreement on a management plan for wolves in that state.
"Idaho has proven it can manage a wolf population," said Idaho Senator Jim Risch. "I will continue to fight to allow Idaho to manage wolves without federal interference. I am concerned this plan relies on too many variables, and there's no indication it will be approved by the courts."