Fish & Wildlife Service Defends Removing Gray Wolf From Endangered List

“The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in a letter to environmental groups signaled it may not put the gray wolf back on the endangered species list after it was removed under the Trump administration.

In the letter to several groups that sued the Trump administration for ending protections for the gray wolf in October, FWS defended the decision, saying it was made “using the best scientific and commercial data available.”

“Our delisting action recognizes the successful recovery of one of the most iconic species,” FWS wrote in the letter to Earthjustice, the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups.”

Rebecca Beitsch reports for The Hill February 2, 2021.