Gray Wolf Numbers in Northern Rockies Up
"I never thought we'd get that high."
- Ed Bangs, wolf recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Billings, Montana - The number of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies has surpassed 1,000, a decade after wolves were reintroduced in and around Yellowstone National Park, a report released Thursday shows.
Federal wildlife officials have declared the wolves' recovery a success and made clear their intention to seek the removal of special protections for the wolves under the Endangered Species Act once all three states have management plans considered acceptable for ensuring the long-term viability of the animals.