NSSF Applauds USFWS’ De-listing of Gray Wolf Species

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The NSSF applauds the de-listing of the Gray Wolf. IMG iStock-966118392

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- NEWTOWN, Conn. – NSSF, the trade association for the firearm industry, applauded the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) announcement that Gray Wolf wildlife management is being returned to the states following the successful population recovery under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Final Rule will go into effect in 30 days to de-list Gray Wolves, which exceed 6,000 in the lower 48 states, far beyond the goal set 45 years ago when they were first listed for federal protection. State and tribal wildlife agencies will resume responsibility to sustainable management.

“The National Shooting Sports Foundation is thrilled by this conservation success,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO.

“The firearm industry is proud of the more than $13.1 billion paid by firearm and ammunition manufacturers since 1937 for sustainable wildlife recovery and conservation. Gray Wolf populations have exceeded their recovery mandates but have remained on the ESA list because of outdated regulations and outdated law. Secretary Bernhardt and the Trump Administration have worked hard to bring the rules up to date and this is the latest example. Here’s where red tape should give way to sound science and the effective and lasting achievements of private industry and government agencies working with hunting-conservationists who are the greatest stewards of our natural resources.”

NSSF has supported efforts to de-list Gray Wolves when conservation recovery programs met and exceeded the combined recovery goals for the Northern Rocky Mountains and Western Great Lakes populations. Gray Wolves were previously de-listed from the ESA in the Rocky Mountain states. Scientific and commercial information demonstrates wolves currently listed are recovered and no longer meet the ESA definitions of a threatened species or an endangered species. USFWS noted the Western Great Lakes wolf population in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, the largest outside Alaska, is strong and stable.

Gray Wolves de-listed in the Rocky Mountain states roam across Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and eastern portions of Oregon and Washington. These states are successfully managing wolf populations effectively and responsibly. Wolves have even expanded into western Oregon, western Washington, northern California, and most recently in northwest Colorado.

USFWS will monitor the Western Great Lakes Gray Wolves for five years after delisting to ensure the continued success of the species.

About The National Shooting Sports Foundation

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations, and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org

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Need wolves, don’t need livestock on public land!!!

Autsin Miller III

Grim, you raise an interesting question, who gets to decided what we do or do not need on public land. Does the government (I.E. paid biologists), those who use the land or the public get to make that determination? Each constituency has their own agenda. The biologist will advocate for more of everything they view is out of balance so maybe we need more rattlesnakes and tarantulas. The people who use the land are a mix of ranchers and outdoors people, they have never seen things the same and then there is the American citizens and, well they don’t really… Read more »


BULL PUCKY!! Over the last 30 years mu wife and I have raised hybrid wolves to help increase the wolf population to increase beyond the rare amounts due to Ranches and farms killing all “Dog Like animals on site” to “protect” their prize (not) Hogs, cattle and horse!!!
NSSF is a communist leaning org.!!