U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 29, 2020) – After 45 years of protection, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced today its decision to delist the gray wolf from the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This decision is unequivocally based on the best available science, including both recent and historical information regarding wolf numbers and distribution in the contiguous U.S. One of America's greatest conservation success stories is finally receiving the recognition and celebration it deserves.
“Safari Club International and our members throughout the country applaud Secretary Bernhardt and Director Skipwith for seeing past emotionally driven rhetoric and letting the best scientific and commercial data available guide their decision to delist the gray wolf,” said SCI International CEO W. Laird Hamberlin. “This is an Endangered Species Act success story and one that should be celebrated by all conservationists. We look forward to working with state fish and wildlife agencies and conservation partners alike to ensure wolf population levels are maintained in line with management objectives.”
Few organizations have been more closely involved with the issue of wolf delisting than SCI. For almost 20 years, SCI has gone to court to advocate for state management of wolves. SCI has defended the USFWS's delisting of the Northern Rocky Mountain wolves, Western Great Lakes wolves, and Wyoming's wolves in numerous cases. SCI's legal team has also filed petitions for wolf delisting, submitted multiple comments supporting delisting rules, and testified in public hearings. SCI's government affairs team has also supported and been engaged on numerous pieces of congressional legislation aimed at delisting gray wolves.
The SCI Foundation has also been active