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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BD60 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reinstatement of Endangered Species Act Protections for the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) in Compliance With Court Order 

In 2020, FWS delisted the gray wolf entities in the lower 48 United States and Mexico, except for the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi). However, a court order vacated our November 3, 2020, rule removing the gray wolf (Canis lupus) from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. To comply with that order, FWS will issue a final rule to reinstate threatened status for gray wolf in Minnesota; endangered status for gray wolf in all or portions of the remaining 44 U.S. States and Mexico where the species was listed prior to our November 2020 delisting rule; critical habitat for gray wolf in Minnesota and Michigan; and the rule promulgated under section 4(d) of the Act for gray wolf in Minnesota. 

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 17   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/15/2019  84 FR 9648   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/14/2019 
Announcement of Public Hearing  06/06/2019  84 FR 26393   
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  07/15/2019 
Final Action  11/03/2020  85 FR 69778   
Final Action Effective  01/04/2021 
Final Action Resulting From Court Order  11/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Rachel London
Branch of Delisting and Foreign Species, Ecological Services
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ES,
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone:703 358-2491
Fax:703 358-1735