Action timeline

February 7, 1996 – The Center and allies filed suit against the Fish and Wildlife Service for denying a petition to list the Alexander Archipelago wolf as an endangered species.

October 1996 – In response to our February suit, a federal court overturned the Service's decision to deny protections.

Late 1997 – The Service completed its court-mandated review and determined that listing the wolf was not warranted. The finding acknowledged the wolf's declining populations but predicted that numbers would stabilize at an “acceptable” level.

December 22, 2009 – The Center, as part of a diverse coalition of Alaska Native, tourism industry, and environmental organizations, filed suit to end a 2003 Bush-era policy that exempted the Tongass National Forest from the national Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

January 2010 – The Forest Service approved an ill-conceived logging operation within the Tongass National Forest, the Archipelago wolf's home.

August 10, 2011 – The Center for Biological Diversity joined with Greenpeace to again petition the Service for Endangered Species Act protection for the wolf.

July 10, 2012 – The Center and Greenpeace notified the Service of our intent to file suit against the agency for delaying Endangered Species Act protection for the Alexander Archipelago wolf.

November 12, 2013 – The Center and Greenpeace notified the Service that it is two years overdue in deciding whether to initiate an Endangered Species Act status review for southeast Alaska's Alexander Archipelago wolves. A status review may lead to listing these wolves as threatened or endangered.

June 17, 2015 – An official memorandum issued by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimated the wolves population to number only 89 in fall 2014, down from 221 the prior year — although the number could be as low as 50.

Alexander Archipelago wolf photo © Michelle Rogers