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

posted Mar 7, 2014, 6:23 PM by chloe owens

January 2014, by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), commissioned by USFWS to conduct an unbiased assessment and clarify critical scientific issues surrounding the USFWS proposal to remove Gray Wolf from the endangered species list and add the Mexican Gray Wolf,

FWS Website

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

The panelists unanimously decided that the USFWS’s earlier decisions were not well supported by the available science. They acknowledged that last year’s proposed rule represented a significant technical effort and recognized its logical consistency with the science used as the primary basis for the USFWS recommendations. At the same time, the panel highlighted that the proposed rule was strongly dependent on a single publication, which was found to be preliminary and not widely accepted by the scientific community. The panelists identified additional scientific research that should be considered before proposing a change in the listing status of the gray wolf.“ An important part of NCEAS’ mission is supporting and advancing science relevant to decision-makers and on-the-ground conservation,” said Frank Davis, director of NCEAS. “We are glad that the USFWS sought our help, and we hope that the review process will help all parties moving forward.”

http://www.fws.gov/home/wolfrecovery/pdf/Final_Review_of_Proposed_rule_regarding_wolves2014.pdf

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