Final Rule to Reclassify the Gray Wolf

April 1, 2003

The Final Rule to Reclassify and Delist the Gray Wolf in Portions of the United States was published in the Federal Register on April 1, 2003.

In addition, the Service published two Advanced Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) that indicate our intent to develop, and then publish in the Federal Register, two separate proposals to delist the Eastern and Western Gray Wolf Distinct Population Segments. The ANPRs do not open a comment period, nor do they propose delisting; those steps will be taken in the near future and will be well publicized at that time.

Eastern ANPR

Western ANPR

Information about the Final Rule

News Release: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Urges Public to Review New Special Rules for Midwestern Gray Wolves (March 24, 2003) html; pdf

Final Rule Summary html; pdf

Final Rule: Questions and Answers html; pdf

News Release: Gray Wolves Move Toward Recovery; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reclassifies Some Wolves from Endangered to Threatened (March 18, 2003) html; pdf

Current Status of the Gray Wolf -map (html; pdf)

Gray Wolf Eastern Distinct Population Segment (html; pdf) a fact sheet about what the Eastern DPS designation means

Summary of the Regulations for Gray Wolves in the Eastern DPS html; pdf

Summary of the Western Gray Wolf DPS 4(d) Rule pdf

Questions and Answers About the Gray Wolf Western Distinct Population Segment 4(d) Rule pdf

What is a "Distinct Population Segment?" html; pdf

What is the Difference Between Endangered and Threatened? html; pdf

We welcome your questions and information requests.

Additional Fact Sheets

Gray Wolf Biologue html pdf fact sheet about the history and biology of the gray wolf

Gray Wolf Population in the United States pdf

Gray Wolf Recovery in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan html pdf

Little-known But Important Features of the Endangered Species Act - Distinct Population Segments, 4(d) Rules, and Experimental Populations html; pdf

Minnesota Gray Wolf Expansion 1977-1996 html

Minnesota Wolf Depredation Control Program - Annual Data html

Questions and Answers About Gray Wolves in North America html pdf

Range of the Gray Wolf in the Lower 48 States html

Wolf Recovery in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan pdf

Wisconsin and Michigan Gray Wolf Population html

Wolf Recovery in North America html pdf

State Wolf Information

Idaho Wolf Conservation and Management Plan prepared by the Idaho Legislative Wolf Oversight Committee, as amended by the 56th Idaho Legislature, Second Regular Session, March 2002

Michigan Gray Wolf Management Plan prepared by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources

USFWS's Summary of the Michigan Wolf Management Plan

Minnesota DNR's Wolf Management Plan - PDF 2MB; 80 pages (February 2001)

USFWS's Summary of the Minnesota Wolf Management Plan

Complete Text of Law Revising Minnesota Wolf Regulations (5/2000)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Summary of Revisions to Minnesota Wolf Regulations (5/2000)

Montana Wolf Management (Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks)

Wisconsin State Management Plan

USFWS's Summary of the Wisconsin State Management Plan

Draft Wyoming Gray Wolf Management Plan prepared by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department