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Review of Proposed Rule Regarding Status of the Wolf Under the Endangered Species Act

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) was asked to perform an independent scientific review of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS or ‘Service’) proposed rule regarding Grey Wolves. The full statement of work is appended. The key issues were stated as:

The purpose of this review is to provide an objective, independent, external scientific peer review of the information in the proposed rule. The proposed rule is 246 pages long and synthesizes the existing best available scientific and commercial information regarding the status of various gray wolf populations and subspecies that occur within portions of the lower 48 States where the species is currently listed. Factors to be addressed in the peer review include the scientific merit of the proposed rule’s primary analysis components (i.e., gray wolf taxonomy and status) which provide the basis for

the proposal. The peer reviewers should confirm that any scientific uncertainties are clearly identified and characterized by the Service, and the potential implications of the uncertainties for the technical conclusions drawn are clear.


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tracy love,
Feb 10, 2014, 1:07 PM