Bangs says recovery population goal for wolves in the Northern Rockies was changed-
Anti-wolf folks argue that a population goal deal (or promise) was violated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service when it did not delist wolves in the Idaho, Montana and Wyoming as soon as the states had 300 wolves in total. Project leader, Ed Bangs, however, said agency changed the goal to keep up with the best available science.
The 1987 goal (years before the wolf reintroduction actually took place) was 30 breeding pairs of wolves spread out over the three states. After reintroduction this was changed to 15 breeding pairs in each of the states and a population of at least 150 wolves in each state. Bangs said that science showed the 1987 goal was too lean. He said understood that as soon as he took the job he now holds.