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Recovering Endangered Species in Difficult Times: Can the ESA Go Beyond Mere Salvage?

January 2012

Citation: ELR 10017

Author: Jason C. Rylander

Although tomes could be written about delisting trends and the delisting of the gray wolf in particular, the purpose of this Comment is to explore current issues related to
endangered species recovery. Congressional delisting of the gray wolf short-circuited an important debate about what it means to recover a species. When should the protections of the ESA be removed? What do we even mean by recovery? Is it enough merely to prevent extinction? Might some species require federal protection forever?

Jason Rylander is a Senior Staff Attorney at Defenders of Wildlife. He received his B.A. from Cornell University and J.D. from the College of William & Mary School of Law.

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