FWS Decision to Delist Gray Wolf Based on Faulty Science

On May 31, 2019, a panel of five scientists published a 245-page report regarding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS’s) decision to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list. The scientists cited several factual errors and other issues like misrepresenting the “scientific, consensus regarding wolf conservation and taxonomy,” according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. This led them to conclude that the science does not support delisting the gray wolf.

Adrian Treves, a scientist on the panel and environmental studies professor at the University of Wisconsin, told the Colorado Sun, “It looks like they decided to delist and then they compiled all the evidence that they thought supported that decision. It simply doesn’t support the decision.”