After being nearly hunted to extinction in the lower 48 states, gray wolves have returned to the Great Lakes, Northern Rockies, California and the Pacific Northwest.

Despite this monumental progress,  gray wolves have yet to re-establish sustainable populations in much of the available habitat in the continental U.S. Federal protections are critical for wolves to recover, but wolves are being denied those protections in the Northern Rockies. Read why and learn the history of protections for wolves in the lower 48 states.

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Magazine Spring 2022 - Main feature, image of howling wolf
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will not relist gray wolves of the Northern Rockies

The U.S. FWS announced it will not relist gray wolves of the Northern Rocky Mountain population to the Endangered Species Act, withholding protections desperately needed for wolf populations to continue to recover.

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Defenders Celebrates Return of Gray Wolves to Colorado

A decades-long vision came to reality today when Colorado Parks and Wildlife reintroduced five gray wolves in Grand County, marking the official beginning of the state’s long-awaited gray wolf restoration effort. 

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Coexisting with Wolves

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Gray Wolf Howling
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Coexisting with Gray Wolves

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Red Wolf pup
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Coexisting with Red Wolves

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Mexican gray wolf
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Coexisting with Mexican Gray Wolves

 

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