SCI & USFWS Celebrate Historic Recovery & Delisting of Gray Wolves

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SCI announced that the USFWS has delisted the Grey Wolf from the Endangered Species Act. IMG Safari Club International

U.S.A. -( WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 29, 2020) – After 45 years of protection, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced today its decision to delist the gray wolf from the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This decision is unequivocally based on the best available science, including both recent and historical information regarding wolf numbers and distribution in the contiguous U.S.  One of America’s greatest conservation success stories is finally receiving the recognition and celebration it deserves.

“Safari Club International and our members throughout the country applaud Secretary Bernhardt and Director Skipwith for seeing past emotionally driven rhetoric and letting the best scientific and commercial data available guide their decision to delist the gray wolf,” said SCI International CEO W. Laird Hamberlin. “This is an Endangered Species Act success story and one that should be celebrated by all conservationists. We look forward to working with state fish and wildlife agencies and conservation partners alike to ensure wolf population levels are maintained in line with management objectives.”

Few organizations have been more closely involved with the issue of wolf delisting than SCI. For almost 20 years, SCI has gone to court to advocate for state management of wolves. SCI has defended the USFWS’s delisting of the Northern Rocky Mountain wolves, Western Great Lakes wolves, and Wyoming’s wolves in numerous cases. SCI’s legal team has also filed petitions for wolf delisting, submitted multiple comments supporting delisting rules, and testified in public hearings. SCI’s government affairs team has also supported and been engaged on numerous pieces of congressional legislation aimed at delisting gray wolves.

The SCI Foundation has also been active on wolf-related research, providing hundreds of thousands of private dollars to leverage millions of state and provincial dollars dedicated to improving the scientific understanding of wolf ecology and population dynamics in Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming.

“Wolves deserve to be managed by very best science available to ensure that their populations are sustainable into the future,” said Jim Hammill – chairman of SCIF’s Conservation Committee and a retired biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “There is no question that wolves are recovered in nearly all of their suitable remaining range. State wildlife agencies have the expertise and ultimate responsibility for the management of this iconic species.”

SCI will continue supporting the transition of wolf management to the states and will continue to advocate for hunting as a management tool for wolves. As has been proven with other predator species, hunting can effectively manage population numbers, reduce conflicts with humans and livestock, and provide incentives for landowner tolerance while funding the science-based North American model of conservation.

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I love it. They want to save the wolves because they are almost extinct so they enact laws to protect them. Years later, the act proves to be a success and it is time end the moratorium and it’s, but wait, I don’t want any of those poor wolves to be shot, we have to keep and protect them so they become so abundant that the impact of their existence puts us right back to where we were when we started hunting them because of degradation of livestock, elk, deer etc. in the first place! How stupid can these idiots… Read more »


Not quite as stupid as you! Your hunting license is not a degree in wildlife management.


But a lot better than someone who has never been in the great outdoors and views the world thru his parents basement window.


Is this decision going to help the loss of elk, deer, moose and cougar numbers that these wolves have destroyed??????? Let us put a bounty on them.

Elisa Delaurenti

This is good news for those of us who live amongst the wolves. Especially ranchers and hunters.


The Timber Wolves are a mixed blessing. In some areas they have contributed to a more stable environment (Yellowstone), but in other areas, livestock depredation continues to be a problem. Timber Wolves will soon be added to the list of species available to sportsmen. Those who pushed for reintroduction who live in cities and other parts of the country and seldom go out into those areas where the wolves have been successfully reintroduced can now have the full experience of being hunted and possibly eaten by the animals they loved so much and in the process, hopefully, become the newest… Read more »


Fuck livestock – especially those grazing leases on public land.


Are you into beastiality?? That might explain your hostility to hunters. Leave the basement and spend a few weeks in Montana’s backcountry and see how it works in reality. Maybe you can find a cute sheep to go with you


Without a doubt SCI has been watching our back like no other conservation organization. I am not slamming the others just noting SCI’s tenacity and success.


While happy the populations have made a comeback, I am not at all pleased to see the wolf de-listed.


I agree with you . This will just mean they’ll open up hunting on the wolves. Just trophy hunts, no other reason.