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Federal Government Releases Long-Awaited Recovery Plan for Endangered Mexican Wolf

posted Sep 4, 2017, 8:21 PM by chloe owens

6/29/17, by Alex Devoid, The Republic

Federal government releases long-awaited recovery plan for endangered Mexican wolf

The federal government has drafted a long-awaited recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf, setting for the first time a population level that could allow the wolf to be removed from the endangered-species list. When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife wrote the 1982 recovery plan, the wolves were so close to extinction that the agency did not set a firm population figure for recovery. This time around, the plan sets the de-listing threshold to 320 wolves in the U.S. and 170 in Mexico, spread over two populations for eight years…Amid the wolves’ uncertain future, the 1982 recovery plan had set a benchmark population of 100, but the draft update issued on Thursday emphasized that figure was not a “measurable recovery criteria as required by the (Endangered Species Act).”