Is the gray wolf actually endangered?

  • Published: 21 October 2019
  • When are we done protecting the gray wolf?

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    When European settlers first came to America they were set on “civilizing” the land. This meant a lot of rash, sweeping changes — one of which was to eradicate a familiar target: the gray wolf. Bounties were placed on the animal across the US. By the1930s, the once plentiful wolf population was decimated.

    Decades later, restorations efforts have led to an extensive recovery of the animal. The Fish and Wildlife Service thinks we’ve done enough, but conservationists say our work is far from done. Check out the video above to learn more.

    You can read the Vox article on this topic here:

    You can find the Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to delist the gray wolf here:

    And the response letter from scientists and scholars can be found here:

    Studies on what removing protections can mean:

    For more information on wolves we didn’t have time to get to in the video, check out the links below:
    More on the reintroduction of Wolves into Yellowstone:

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Comments • 808

  • Vox
    Vox   4 weeks back

    You may have noticed at 4:41 we left out the gray wolves in the southwestern United States. This is because that population is part of a subspecies known as the Mexican Gray Wolf. The latest proposal from the Fish and Wildlife Service wouldn’t affect the endangered status of these animals, though conservationists argue we should be doing more:

    You can learn more about their recovery here:


    • Ив Иван
      Ив Иван  3 weeks back

      Why is there no warning about animal cruelty scenes? I threw a strike on your video because of this

    • Low Blow
      Low Blow  3 weeks back

      Thanks for your efforts to educate our community about the history and importence

    • Farhud Roz
      Farhud Roz  4 weeks back

      @Incognito خیلی شبکه خوبی است .vere vere good

  • BRYAN crypt keeper CALLEN

    Plenty if not to many wolves here in minnesota

    • Ranjith Reddy
      Ranjith Reddy  2 days back

      Tell Robb Stark, Lannisters send their Regards

      • LHSMeleeClub
        LHSMeleeClub  2 days back

        lol it'd be so cool if i had to worry about wolves in my local heavily forested region. Terrifying, but thrilling lol.

        • Jess _DoritoWhale
          Jess _DoritoWhale  3 days back

          Bruh i forgot that we are able to clone now so, technically it would be impossible to wipe endangered species now

          • Daniel Williams
            Daniel Williams  4 days back

            We are winning, we will be the best species the only species

            • t t
              t t  4 days back

              wait!! why do we need to hunt wolfs in the first place?

              • Henry Hardin
                Henry Hardin  5 days back

                Vox you guys usually make some great videos but this is the worst video on gray wolf conservation I have ever seen

                • chris virginia
                  chris virginia  7 days back

                  Apex predators have long kept ecosystems in check.
                  They are known as keystone species. Yellowstone National Park has a resurgence in wolves which benefited local flora and had noticeable impact on streams.

                  • Carmen Metoyer
                    Carmen Metoyer  1 weeks back

                    Can you make a video about Rodney Reed?

                    • ELLOSEE
                      ELLOSEE  1 weeks back

                      Muthafuckas should not be hunting wolves yet. Clearly they are still endangered 😖

                      • Abu Bu
                        Abu Bu  1 weeks back

                        Aren’t they aggressive against humans and would attack a human with little thought?

                        • Henry Hardin
                          Henry Hardin  5 days back

                          There are little to none known occasions where a wolf has attacked a human, come end of the day humans are not that tasty looking to a wolf.

                      • Shay Kitoffe
                        Shay Kitoffe  1 weeks back

                        Definitely makes you feel mixed about the whole deal...

                        • sidharth suravarapu
                          sidharth suravarapu  1 weeks back

                          when can the states be trusted to protect anything

                          • Simon Aeberhard
                            Simon Aeberhard  1 weeks back

                            When do we learn to just protect all species and the ecosystem as a whole? Sometimes I hate my own species...

                            • Mr.Weeblesnuff
                              Mr.Weeblesnuff  1 weeks back

                              Stop eating beef. Good job!

                              • jack flew
                                jack flew  2 weeks back

                                Honestly love how that guy talks

                                • dave goldfarp
                                  dave goldfarp  2 weeks back

                                  The deer do damage if not eaten so do the buffs wolfing

                                  • Liam Wilson
                                    Liam Wilson  2 weeks back

                                    The real question is why game hunting is allowed at all?

                                    I get hunting for food, but hunting just for the fun of it is psychotic.

                                    • sam stark
                                      sam stark  1 weeks back

                                      to balance deer and elk populations. wolves are pests to livestock too

                                  • pax und peace
                                    pax und peace  2 weeks back

                                    The gray wolf is important to maintain forests because they protect newly planted plants.

                                    • Arsal Shah
                                      Arsal Shah  2 weeks back

                                      I think it's important to mention WHY we would want the gray wolf off the endangered species list.

                                      • Cengiz söğütlü
                                        Cengiz söğütlü  2 weeks back

                                        gray wolf is symbol of turks like eagles are symbol of murica bears russia wolfs symbol of us

                                        • kuvikina
                                          kuvikina  2 weeks back

                                          Why do Whites have to make genocide on anything NATIVE of America?

                                          • Skywise
                                            Skywise  2 weeks back

                                            Nice propganda

                                            • GingerDaemon
                                              GingerDaemon  2 weeks back

                                              There needs to be a program for farmers to get livestock guardian dogs. I dunno why so many farmers are slow on the uptake but one of two of the Ovcharka, Alabai, Akbash, Kangal, Turkish boz would really be helpful for keeping wolves at bay. It be best to have a pair because they will overpowered by one wolf or a pack if its a single dog but a pair of them would be enough to give the wolf some pause and think if the possibility of injury is worth it.

                                              • J G P
                                                J G P  2 weeks back

                                                why is she bending over?

                                              • Francisco H. Muñoz Ceballos

                                                I think that is because they are Mexican

                                                • Ava Doty
                                                  Ava Doty  2 weeks back

                                                  Could y’all pls make a video about Wikileaks and Chelsea Manning/Julian Assange?

                                                  • Robert
                                                    Robert  2 weeks back

                                                    No they're actually extinct, the wolves out there right now are actually blackish whitish wolves

                                                    • Cute Krishna
                                                      Cute Krishna  2 weeks back

                                                      Needed a Video, Episode on Death of Religious Scholar at the age of 48
                                                      - Abu Bakar Al Bhagdadi

                                                      • MakerMaddox
                                                        MakerMaddox  3 weeks back

                                                        Y'all couldn't get homegirl like a tripod or a higher branch to perch her camera on?

                                                        • JC Mik
                                                          JC Mik  3 weeks back

                                                          To help the gray wolf species recover, I am proposing a Gray New Deal

                                                          • Edgar Ruizzz
                                                            Edgar Ruizzz  3 weeks back

                                                            We sure like to mess around with the balance of nature

                                                            • Real Warrior
                                                              Real Warrior  3 weeks back

                                                              Why are we in so much love with the grey wolf which can never be extinct ?

                                                              • Sebastian H.
                                                                Sebastian H.  3 weeks back

                                                                Oh my... I`ve just found a Vox Video I agree with.

                                                                A surprise, but a welcome one.
                                                                Anyways, good video!

                                                                • Rajdeep Bunait
                                                                  Rajdeep Bunait  3 weeks back

                                                                  Can you guys please make a video on why most of the informative YouTube videos use Blue or Yellow as the background colour to their text?

                                                                  • No other Like my own skin

                                                                    To include other types of audience for your pleasure on your YouTube Channel. Could you incorporate the closed captioning in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Mandrian Chinese?

                                                                    • Charlie Hutch
                                                                      Charlie Hutch  3 weeks back

                                                                      why not include Hindi, Russian,
                                                                      japan; 126 million only, 420 million people speak Arabic, why exclude them
                                                                      is this YOUR only exposure to foreign languages

                                                                  • White Shark
                                                                    White Shark  3 weeks back

                                                                    is that the music counted scientifically to attract the viewers :v

                                                                    • Thoughtful Productions
                                                                      Thoughtful Productions  3 weeks back

                                                                      Ayy i love how you guys said “lower 48,” I thought only Alaskans knew about that lol

                                                                    • Chris Boyle
                                                                      Chris Boyle  3 weeks back

                                                                      This video was like a middle school report on wolves.

                                                                      • Charlotte Amie Taylor
                                                                        Charlotte Amie Taylor  3 weeks back

                                                                        Interesting video, but ruined by the ending. Wolves are not overtly aggressive animals despite most depictions in mainstream media. They hunt cattle because that is the food source that is readily available because we've hunted other food sources to near extinction as well. They are only aggressive towards humans when threatened, otherwise they are very timid creatures with immense strength. Growing up in a family that is heavily involved in the conservation of large carnivores and spending a lot of my life around wolves, I have certainly been at the receiving end of that strength and sustained some injuries, none of which were made in an aggressive manner. The media needs to do more to help the wolf population grow globally, not just in the US, and a start would be to dispel this image of the wolf as an "aggressive predator" and rather show how vital their role is in the global eco system. If anyone is interested I suggest taking a look at some of the videos on the ecological role of the wolf in the Yellowstone National Park and how their reintroduction in the 90s transformed the landscape of the park.

                                                                        • Sahvi
                                                                          Sahvi  3 weeks back

                                                                          They better not be

                                                                        • Jason Santos
                                                                          Jason Santos  3 weeks back

                                                                          Similar like the Native Americans like a push away SATA gray wolves live in North America it's just my opinion

                                                                          • Ed Rosenberger
                                                                            Ed Rosenberger  3 weeks back

                                                                            Look at the wonderful gains in the Yellowstone area after the gray wolf was allowed to reestablish there!

                                                                            • mandyinseattle
                                                                              mandyinseattle  3 weeks back

                                                                              Well done.

                                                                              • Eugen Bukow
                                                                                Eugen Bukow  3 weeks back

                                                                                Nobody cares.
                                                                                Wolfes are bad.

                                                                                • Anthony Animal
                                                                                  Anthony Animal  3 weeks back

                                                                                  They should take some of the wolves and release them in Texas where the invasive boars can be eaten as a natural prey item

                                                                                  • Josh M
                                                                                    Josh M  3 weeks back

                                                                                    We have to find a way to coexist cuz 15% is not enough