Wolves would no longer be a protected species in the United States, announced Thursday, the American administration, revoking a 1978 classification after their virtual extinction.
“After more than 45 years under protected status, the gray wolf has exceeded all conservation targets for its recovery,” said Home Secretary David Bernhardt.
The wolf population (Canis lupus) in the United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) has risen to 6,000, according to the Department of the Interior, against less than 1,000 in 1967.
It will now be up to the States to decide how to manage the populations of wolves, whether or not they authorize hunting and traps, while at the federal level only the “Mexican wolf”, present in the Southwest, will remain protected.
Note that this announcement comes a few days before the presidential election of November 3, when many elected Republican Midwestern, crucial electoral land, demanded the removal of the wolf from the protected list.