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Boone and Crockett Club Statement on FWS Decision to Initiate Status Review of Gray Wolves



MISSOULA, Mont. – The Boone and Crockett Club is cautiously hopeful that today’s decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reanalyze the status of the wolf under the Endangered Species Act will put science ahead of politics.

“Today’s announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could provoke more controversy, but we hope all concerned can come to agree that wolf conservation and management should remain under the scientific management of state wildlife agencies,” commented Boone and Crockett Club chief executive officer, Tony Schoonen. 

Since 2002 when the gray wolf was first proposed for state management, the status of the wolf under the Endangered Species Act has been analyzed repeatedly, always resulting in the same conclusion: the gray wolf in North America is not in need of the protections of the ESA. 

The FWS decision today satisfies the legal requirement to reply to petitions on ESA status within 90 days. The finding is on the preliminary question of whether the petitions contain substantial information warranting further analysis.

More About the Boone and Crockett Club

Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. The Club maintains the highest standards of fair chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship. Member accomplishments include enlarging and protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana. Click here to learn more about the Boone and Crockett Club.