Wolf with ground squirrel

In most states, gray wolves formally switched classifications from state-managed game animals to federally protected species last month following their relisting on the Endangered Species Act. The Northern Rockies population in Idaho, Montana and Oregon was exempt.

Hailey-based Western Watersheds Project joined nine other environmental groups on Tuesday in filing a petition against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its continued lack of federal protections for gray wolves in the northern Rockies region.

U.S. District Judge Jeffery White restored federal protections for gray wolves in most U.S. states on Feb. 10, reversing a 2020 ruling under the Trump administration that removed wolves from the Endangered Species Act list—a designation held since 1974.

But White’s ruling did not apply to wolves in the northern Rockies region, which includes Idaho, Montana, the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem and parts of Oregon and Washington. In these areas, state wildlife agencies have held superintendence over wolves since May 2011, when Congress formally delisted the population segment from the Endangered Species Act and wolf hunts were established.

Collared gray wolf

In most states, gray wolves formally switched classifications from state-managed game animals to federally protected species last month following their relisting on the Endangered Species Act. The Northern Rockies population in Idaho, Montana and Oregon was exempt.

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