Gray Wolf Removed from Federal Endangered Species List

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The Gray Wolf has been removed from the endangered species list. IMG iStock 1198868973

U.S.A. -( On January 4, 2021, the gray wolf will be delisted as a federally protected species following 45 years of protection under the Endangered Species Act. This action allows South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) to manage wolves as a predator as defined in state law.

Under GFP’s management authority, trappers, sportsmen, and women, landowners, and livestock producers will have the ability to harvest gray wolves across the state beginning on January 4, 2021. The same license requirements needed for coyotes are needed to harvest a wolf. These include a predator/varmint license, furbearer license, or any resident or nonresident hunting license. To trap a wolf, a furbearer license is required. Landowners on their own land and youth under the age of 16 are exempt from the license requirement.

“Over the past several decades, South Dakota has had a handful of gray wolves killed on both sides of the Missouri River,” said Keith Fisk, program administrator with GFP. “The department suspects the gray wolves that have been present in South Dakota are likely transient animals that have dispersed from populations east and west of the state.”

To gather further information and a DNA sample, the department is requesting anyone who harvests a wolf in South Dakota notify a wildlife conservation officer within 24 hours and that the inspection and sampling by a GFP representative occur within 48 hours.

GFP does not support gray wolf expansion in South Dakota. For more information, please visit

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Perhaps you all should study the habits of the wolf. You will see that they are organized and family oriented. I’m from northern NY state and we have timber wolves and their population is decreased because of people that are stupid or ignorant. Wolves seek out the weak, sick or old. I for one don’t and won’t hunt wolves.


Why did we allow the wolves to re-establish a population? Re-introduction was a move meant to ruin agricultural viability. It is time to de-list many species from the endangered species act.


wolfs help keep the coyote population in check, that is a significant reason coyotes have enlarged their range. they also help in culling the weak from wild species. there are a variety of dog breeds that will help protect livestock while grazing if you are concerned.


Recently the greeny libtards in the central part of my state voted to increase our wolf population by re integration. Bad idea, as the wolves have self integrated into our ranching areas. These idiots have no clue as to ranch livestock management and wildlife mgt that occurs outside their cozy metropolitan areas. They don’t like hunters or ranchers who are ultimately the best stewards of the lands. Wolves are highly proficient in wildlife and livestock predidation over the coyote. When you say they will keep the coyotes in check, what species will keep the wolves in check? Coming from that… Read more »


South Dakota GFP just caved for political pressure, not modern game management.