March 28th, 2008
06:03 PM ET

Gray wolf: Still endangered?

Program note: Catch Dan Simon's report on the gray wolf, part of our Planet in Peril series, tonight on 360° at 10p ET

After three decades on the Endangered Species Act's "threatened" list, the gray wolf was officially removed today – a decision that has stoked controversy among environmentalists and ranchers.

Gray Wolf 

The gray wolf was removed from the 'threatened' list Friday. Check out this slideshow of Yellowstone's wildlife

It means the wolves can now be shot and killed if they step out of Yellowstone National Park. Fish and Wildlife officials from neighboring states can shoot them when they deem the wolves to be a problem, and it's expected they'll establish hunting seasons too.

The government delisted the wolves – which were eliminated from Yellowstone decades ago but reintroduced in the 1990s – because they are now thriving in the park that is dominated by bison, elk, and bighorn sheep.


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  1. Andria P.

    It is sad that they are in danger!!!!! 🙁

    April 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  2. Ham

    This is great news... glad to the Wolf is no longer in danger... nice job all involved!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  3. Jessica W.

    I was shocked when I heard that the wolves were taken off the list. Its amazing that ranchers just don't understand that the wolves and other animals were there long before they were. One rancher on the news story that I watched said that the wolves needed to learn to live in the ecosystem... The ranchers are the ones who need to learn how to live in the ecosystem. Some people may say that extinction is a natural process but it is not when we are the cause of it. It is shameful how people have lost respect for the environment.

    April 1, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  4. Tammy

    It's great that the wolves are no longer considered to be endangered by the powers that be. However, have we as humans learned enough to keep these amazing creatures from becoming endangered again? The answer to that is what is so scary. I mean hello, hunting has already commenced and the ink is barely dry on the documents saying the wolves aren't in trouble any longer. The deeper I get into environmental issues the more I realize that we as humans are our planet's worst enemy (there's your no duh moment for the day). And for a race that is programmed to be so smart we sure do some pretty ignorant things sometimes (saying this species is safe when it really isn't, for instance, or hunting a beautiful animal for sport). I'd love to see population numbers monthly just to see how these animals do now that they are no longer protected from mankind's cruelty. And I'd love to see someone other than just the animal rights people like me fighting to make sure these animals stay safe.

    March 30, 2008 at 12:37 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    Its not surprising that the Bush administration would be for delisting the wolves and letting them be hunted again. Bush has not been a friend to the environment or to wildlife his whole 8 years.

    Bush's father and President Clinton approved on average about 60 species a year for the endangered species list. They did this each year of their term. The current Bush during his 8 years has only had 58 species listed – for the whole 8 years. They have tweaked regulations and slowed the process so that its almost impossible without suing to get a species on the list. When they are sued, the environmentalists so far always win. But still some species have gone extinct because of the long waits.

    I hate to think that after all the work to re-introduce the wolf to Yellowstone that the Bush administration is going to delist them so that they can be hunted and killed once again. This time though the hunters have helicopters to help them hunt so they can hunt the wolves by air and kill them more efficiently. I hope we don't wind up destroying a species we managed to save this time.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    March 28, 2008 at 9:02 pm |
  6. Betty Ann

    That is great news! I believe that the grey wolf is moving back into east texas also. Signs of a species saved. At least one is spared!
    That is a good start!
    Keep up the good informing 360!
    Let's turn Planet in Peril into Plush Planet!

    March 28, 2008 at 7:44 pm |
  7. wolffan

    I believe the next president should pass an animal rights act.
    Save the animals in peril. The act should include:

    Not allowing Canada's seafood in the country UNLESS they
    stop the horrible seal hunt.

    Give 60 days in each state for pound pets.

    Ban pound seizure in all states. If your pet gets lost do you really
    want them to end up in a medical lab? Google the term to see for yourself.

    Increase the inspectors at meat plants and close them down if their
    are significant violations.

    Not allow products from China that contain any fur (because the fur lining on your coat or gloves is most likely strangled cats and dogs)
    CNN did a whole show on Larry King about it.

    Ban cosmetic, pharmeceutical, and chemical testing on animals. This is just a way for big business to save their tails in the event of a lawsuit. Would you let your pet undergo this torture?

    Have a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison for those who run dogfighting rings. And charge people criminally for attending those events.

    Have no elephants in any circus in the US. They are treated horribly.

    This is just a start have alot more to add to the bill. Many non animal lovers will say we have more important things to worry about.
    Shouldn't politicans be able to multi-task? Animals are such a great part of our world. We need to protect them. I hope the next president sees the importance of the concept we are all connected.

    March 28, 2008 at 7:27 pm |
  8. Cindy

    It is a shame that they are taking the wolves off of the endangered species list just to kill them. What sense does that make? Sometimes the government does the strangest things!

    Looking forward to this piece.

    Cynthia, Covington, Ga.

    March 28, 2008 at 6:12 pm |

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