1987 Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Plan

In 1987, the Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Team revised the wolf recovery plan from 1980. The primary goal of the plan is to remove the Northern Rocky Mountain wolf from the endangered and threatened species list by securing and maintaining a minimum of 10 breeding pairs of wolves in each of the three recovery areas for a minimum of three successive years. 

The plan establishes three recovery areas – Northwestern Montana, Central Idaho, and the Greater Yellowstone – each of which included some portion of Montana.