This is where things things went wrong. Based on the possibility of enforcement problems the entire species Canis lupus was listed as endangered throughout the lower 48 States, except Minnesota, in 1978 (43 Federal Register 9612, march 9, 1978).
Thus Northern Rocky Mountain wolf refers to any gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains of the contiguous 48 states, rather than a specific subspecies." Canis lupus irremotus was reclassified simply as Canis lupus and any gray wolf in the contiguous 48 states was protected under the endangered species act.
The intent may have been to protect all of the remaining subspecies of gray wolf in their natural ranges. In Montana alone there were 424 reports of wolves between 1973 and 1978 of those 109 were rejected as questionable. From 1979 to 1985 there were 38 reports of wolves in Southern Montana from the Big Hole Divide to South of Bannock Pass.
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